The validation of paper cups for the Hartsville, SC mill comes after ten Sonoco Paper Mills previously validated the acceptance of EnviroCan paper containers in residential mixed paper bales.

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Sonoco was founded in 1899 and is a global consumer, industrial, healthcare, and protective packaging provider. With estimated net revenues of 7.25 billion to 7.5 billion dollars in 2022, the Company employs roughly 22,000 people across more than 300 businesses in 32 countries, serving some of the world's most well-known brands in 85 countries. Sonoco is dedicated to developing long-term products, services, and programs for its customers, workers, and communities that promote our corporate goal of Better Packaging. Life is better now. For the third consecutive year, the Company rated #1 in the Packaging category on Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for 2022 and was named Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies.

Sonoco is boosting post-consumer recovery and recycling prospects for paper cups in bales of mixed paper that will get utilized as raw material at its Hartsville, South Carolina, paperboard factory to generate new paperboard.

Sonoco's paper mills in the United States have already proven that they can accept rigid paper cans in bales of mixed paper from residential Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). This latest statement expands the Hartsville mill's acceptance of paper cups. More testing gets conducted to expand cup recycling across all Sonoco mills using residential, mixed paper.

"Sonoco is uniquely positioned as a leading recycler, paper mill operator and paper packaging converter to help push the industry to look towards future innovations and grow end of life solutions across the entire paper value chain," said Elizabeth Rhue, Vice President of Global Environmental, Sustainability, and Centralized Technology. "After validating that our mills could recycle EnviroCan paper containers in residential mixed paper, we decided to further demonstrate the ability to recycle other similar polycoated fiber-based containers through the post-consumer mixed paper stream."

Such collaboration throughout Sonoco's vertically integrated manufacturing network in the United States highlights the Company's ability to recycle and process fiber-based packaging using traditional paper mill pulping methods.