Often, success is all about connecting the dots. I’m Doug Compton a packaging development leader at Owens Corning, the world's largest manufacturer of fiberglass composites. Owens Corning develops and produces insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites and related materials and products.
In 2022, I toured the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) landfill in Grove City as part of an event organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals. I was put in contact with Sheila Davis, Business Programs Administrator at SWACO. Sheila’s role is to help businesses in Central Ohio keep hard-to-recycle materials out of the landfill. I reached out to Sheila for help with recycling flexible poly films, a material that is not typically accepted by mainstream municipal recyclers. Sheila connected me with Michael Hatfield, president of SBC Solutions Group, a recycler located in Centerburg, OH, further connecting the dots. I then reached out to Randy Hilleary and Will Landowne, environmental, health & safety leaders at the Owens Corning plant in Newark, OH. I asked them if the Newark plant had any hard-to-recycle materials on hand because I had just learned of a potential outlet. Randy responded that his timing was impeccable, as they were looking for a poly recycler and days away from sending discontinued packaging materials to the landfill.
Within a week, folks at the Newark plant were in touch with SBC Solutions Group and 29.77 tons of written-off, damaged, and discontinued flexible poly packaging and kraft paper were diverted from the landfill. Instead, these materials were collected and sent out to be recycled into wood-alternative composite decking and newly converted paper products.
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