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Juno Technology uses a wet processing system to reclaim contaminated fiber.

Juno Technology uses a wet processing system to reclaim contaminated fiber. Juno fits into the collection or source separation processes already implemented in a municipality, requiring only that the unsorted ​ residential municipal solid waste or municipal-like commercial waste is taken to a Juno site, rather than landfilled or incinerated.

Juno uses a patented wet waste processing solution that separates, sanitizes and washes fiber contaminated with food and other organic debris. It can handle cups with plastic coatings and paper-based packaging, as well as divert more metals and plastics and send them back into the recycling system. Organics are turned into biogas. Metals and rigid plastics are reclaimed with the help of standard material recovery facility equipment such as magnets, eddy currents, optical sorters, and other separators.

The first Juno commercial unit began processing local solid waste in Toledo, Oregon in May of 2021, with an annual capacity of 60,000 to 70,000 tons. In its first year of operation, Juno Oregon nearly tripled landfill diversion rates in Toledo. More and larger facilities are planned in the future.

The process was also trialled in King County, in Washington state from March through May 2023, during which 737 tons of waste were processed– equivalent to about 29,000 trash bags – and diverting an average of 46% of materials from a regional landfill that is projected to reach capacity by 2031.

Juno aims to build two additional plants in the U.K. within the next five years, with additional plans to develop more facilities in the U.S. and expand to Australia.

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