Sonoco Launches New Waste Reduction Consulting Service

    Sonoco Sustainability Solutions Provides Manufacturers, Distribution
Centers and Retailers Productivity Savings and New Revenues

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., September 27 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, today launched Sonoco
Sustainability Solutions (S3), a new service that can provide manufacturing
facilities with productivity savings by identifying ways to reduce waste
materials going to landfills, and increase profitability by converting waste
streams to revenue streams by finding alternative uses for a facility's
previously unrecycled wastes.

    S3 is a new service of Sonoco Recycling, one of the largest recyclers in
the packaging industry, said Jack Sanders, senior vice president of Sonoco.
"S3 was originally developed and piloted at 12 Sonoco plants to improve
productivity by reducing waste materials going to landfills," Sanders said.
"However, once we identified the many benefits of the program, we began
partnering with some of our customers' locations and found that the service
could provide significant productivity savings along with new revenue sources
and environmental benefits."

    Through S3, Sonoco waste reduction experts audit a customer's location to
review its existing program for handling wastes. Then tailored programs are
developed that offer significant savings by reducing waste hauling charges and
landfill fees. The service also can provide incremental income as Sonoco
Recycling works to convert a location's unrecycled waste streams into revenue
streams by facilitating the sale of previously landfilled materials and
finding alternate uses for certain wastes. Finally, the service provides
reporting of productivity improvements both in terms of financial savings and
environmental benefits.

    "The goal of S3 is to have zero landfill wastes coming from our
customers' facilities," said Myles Cohen, division vice president and general
manager, Sonoco Recycling. "Most manufacturing plants, distribution centers
and retailers have active recycling programs, but they still have wastes going
to landfills. Because of our extensive knowledge of the industrial and
consumer packaging industry and our expertise in recycling, we have been able
to find alternative recycling initiatives for wastes that were previously
thought to be unrecyclable, such as plastic banding, bulk plastic liners and
sacks, flexible packaging and other materials."

    For more information about Sonoco Sustainability Solutions or to review
S3 case studies, visit Sonoco Recycling's Web site at or contact Derek McFarland, national manager,
sustainability services, at +803/396-2174.

    Sonoco annually collects about 3.5 million tons of recyclable materials
including old corrugated containers and other paper, plastics, metals, glass
and other materials. Sonoco Recycling collects and processes recyclable
materials at 46 locations in North America and Europe, operates a fleet of
trucks with 1,300 trailers and has a team of recycling professionals many of
whom are experts in waste management and manufacturing process improvement.

    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

For further information:

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

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