Sonoco's Global Recovered Paper Division Renamed Sonoco Recycling



    Division Repositioned to Combine Recycling Capabilities with
Environmental Sustainability Services

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., September 25 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, has renamed its global
recovered paper operations as Sonoco Recycling, and repositioned the business
unit to combine the Company's long-established recycling capabilities with new
market-driven environmentally sustainable services such as waste management
consulting, it was announced by Jack Sanders, senior vice president of Sonoco.

    "As one of the largest recyclers in the packaging industry, Sonoco has
extensive materials recovery experience, and we are constantly developing new,
cost-effective sustainable packaging solutions and services for our
customers," said Sanders. "The fact is, Sonoco's recycling capabilities have
grown far beyond collecting paper to meet our internal raw material needs.
Today, Sonoco Recycling has the resources and expertise needed to meet the
changing needs of our customers as they are looking for more environmentally
sustainable services."

    Sonoco annually collects about 3.5 million tons of recyclable materials.
Collections are expanding to include not only old corrugated containers and
other paper, but also plastic, metal, glass and other recyclable materials.
Sonoco Recycling collects and processes recyclable materials through 46
locations in North America and Europe, operates a fleet of trucks with 1,300
trailers and has a team of recycling professionals, many who are experts in
waste management and manufacturing process improvement.

    Sonoco Recycling will continue to use and develop state-of-the-art
technology to recover, process and sell recycled materials. Last year, Sonoco
began operating a fully automated, state-of-the-art materials recovery
facility (MRF) that recycles curbside-collected and dual-stream residential
and commercial waste materials from the Raleigh and Wake County, N.C., areas.
The 45,000 square foot recycling facility uses a computer-automated
reclamation processing system. Sonoco Recycling operates a similar facility in
Columbia, S.C.

    Myles Cohen, division vice president and general manager, Sonoco
Recycling, said the Company also has the unique ability to share its recycling
expertise with other manufacturers, distribution centers, retailers and other
businesses looking to enhance their environmentally sustainable business
practices.

    "Recycling is a business that Sonoco has always done well," Cohen said.
"However, today there are many new elements to the business of Sonoco
Recycling. With our extensive experience and scope of operations, we are well
positioned to reach our ultimate goal, which is to eliminate landfill wastes
for the Company and its customers."

    Sonoco Chairman, President and CEO Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., will discuss
Sonoco Recycling and the Business of Sustainable Packaging Leadership in a
Keynote Presentation at the Third Annual Sustainable Packaging Forum in
Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, September 26. Myles Cohen, division vice president
and general manager, Sonoco Recycling, will also speak at the Forum about Best
Practices in Recycling and Sustainable Operations on Thursday, September 27.

    About Sonoco

    Sonoco, founded in 1899, is a global manufacturer of industrial and
consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more than 325
operations in 35 countries serving customers in 85 nations. Additional
information about Sonoco is available at http://www.sonoco.com.




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For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, +843-339-6018
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