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Sonoco Recycling LLC in Durham Earns NC STAR Status

March 07, 2016

Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has announced that the Durham facility of its recycling business, Sonoco Recycling, LLC, became certified in the N.C. Department of Labor’s STAR Consultation Program on February 25, 2016. Sonoco Recycling’s Durham team was awarded the coveted NC STAR Award by Cherie Berry, North Carolina commissioner of labor, and Kimberly Bostic, NC STAR program consultant.

The STAR Program is designed to recognize and promote an effective safety and health management system, and recipients are self-sufficient in their ability to control hazards at the worksite.  Through the program, management, employees and the NC Department of Labor establish a cooperative relationship in the workplace. Star participant sites generally experience from 60 percent to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of an “average” site of the same size in their industries.

“Sonoco Recycling is committed to maintaining a world-class safety and health program with the sole focus of ensuring we all go home the way we arrived to work,” said Mike Pope, general manager and president of Sonoco Recycling, LLC.

There are about 150 STAR sites in all of North Carolina, and Sonoco Recycling now claims two of those sites. The teams started working toward certification in 2015. 

A world leader in recycling, Sonoco Recycling collects more than 3.5 million tons of paper, plastic, metal and other materials annually. A unit of Sonoco, a multi-billion dollar global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, and supply chain services, our recycling roots date back to the 1920s. Today, we operate more than 40 recycling facilities globally and help more than 15,000 retailers, manufacturers and communities save money, save resources and create clean, renewable energy.

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.0 billion, the Company has 20,800 employees working in more than 330 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2015/2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

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