For more than 40 years, GP Harmon Recycling, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, has been at the forefront of the recycling industry, significantly reducing the amount of materials sent to landfills so they can become new products that we use every day.
Today they’re growing again with the asset acquisition of The Highlands Group, Inc.’s plastics recycling facility located in Elizabethton, Tenn. The acquisition marks GP Harmon Recycling’s official entrance into plastics recycling processing.
GP Harmon Recycling currently trades in various recyclable plastics, and with this acquisition GP Harmon Recycling now has the capability to separate various polymers (such as gallon milk jugs, detergent bottles, and bottle caps) from mixed material streams to generate high-grade plastic raw materials that can be used for a variety of commercial purposes.
“This acquisition expands our process capabilities and reach, allowing us to offer more options to meet our supplier and customer needs and preferences, as well as be a catalyst for growth in our plastics recycling business,” said Marc Forman, president for GP Harmon Recycling.
GP Harmon Recycling has grown considerably in the last few years - from its start in the mid-1960s as a small regional wastepaper broker in the Northeast to one of the largest pure traders of recycled fiber in the world - trading more than 7 million tons per year.
In 2007, the company expanded its portfolio of products to include non-fiber material such as plastics and metal. Today, GP Harmon transacts more than 100,000 tons of non-paper recyclable material, making it one of the largest recyclable commodities traders in the world.
GP Harmon Recycling has a sales presence in 48 countries and helps supply the ever-growing global demand for recycled raw materials. GP Harmon Recycling is the sole provider of recovered fiber to Georgia-Pacific’s tissue, towel and napkin mills, containerboard mills and gypsum operations.
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