To kick 2019 right into high gear, GP Harmon Recycling is changing its name to Georgia-Pacific Recycling.
February 12, 2019
Changing the name comes at a time of significant disruption in the recycling industry. The most impactful change has been China’s decision in 2018 to significantly lower the allowable limit of imports of contaminated recycling materials, such as greasy pizza boxes or paper mixed with plastic. China has long been the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials. The strict change has created issues to solve, like what to do with material China will no longer accept, and opportunities for new innovations for players in all aspects of the industry.
Given the disruption in this export market, industry experts believe this will be a long-term issue. The U.S. will need to seek out new markets for recyclables and find ways to reduce contaminants in materials. However, despite this severe blow to the recycling industry, Georgia-Pacific Recycling is seeing this as an opportunity to transform the way they do business. With nearly 50 years of experience in the recycling industry, the team is ready to evolve with the market.