RockTenn opens new single-stream recycling facility in Memphis, Tennessee, marking its ninth single-stream system, says it will continue expanding its recycling services nationwide in upcoming year

Sandy Yang

Sandy Yang

Jan 31, 2012 – Business Wire

NORCROSS, Georgia , January 31, 2012 (press release) – RockTenn (NYSE: RKT) announced today the opening of a new single-stream recycling facility in Memphis, TN, expanding the Company’s recycling capabilities and increasing its presence and service capabilities.

The new 150,000 square-foot facility will complement RockTenn’s established single-stream recycling plants in Chattanooga and Knoxville. The automated, single-stream system allows designated recyclable materials to be fully commingled during collection instead of separated into different bins, a process that offers significant benefits to homes and businesses.

The opening of the Memphis plant, as the first single-stream facility in the city’s metropolitan area, represents a key investment in RockTenn’s Recycling and Waste Solutions growth plan. This is RockTenn’s ninth single-stream system within its thirty-nine recycling facilities. The Company will continue to expand its recycling powers nationwide in the upcoming year in order to reinforce its commitment to provide easy recycling solutions to better serve customers worldwide.

“We are investing in new facilities across the country to support demand and provide full-service solutions through innovative technology. Our growth is focused on making recycling easy by increasing our single-stream capabilities and supporting our customers’ sustainability initiatives across the country,” said Mike Oswald, senior vice president and general manager, RockTenn Recycling and Waste Solutions.

RockTenn’s 39 Recycling and Waste Solutions facilities partner with vendors across the United States to provide innovative ways to recycle items that are not mainstream. The Company’s Recycling and Waste Solutions employees are dedicated to managing waste streams, recovering recyclables and finding new life for old items, in addition to educating companies and communities about the importance of recycling and reducing the amount of materials that enter landfills.

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About RockTenn

RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) is one of North America's leading integrated manufacturers of corrugated and consumer packaging and recycling solutions, with net sales of $10 billion. RockTenn's 26,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customers' expectations - every time. The Company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and China. For more information, visit

RockTenn’s Recycling and Waste Solutions business is one of the largest recycling operations in the world, processing more than nine million tons annually. With 39 facilities in North America processing various grades of papers, plastics, metals and more, and services both large and small companies, RockTenn provides custom programs to reduce waste, minimize costs and support sustainability goals.

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