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PA WASTEWI$E PARTNERS ACHIEVE IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

Release Date: 11/2/96
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PA WASTEWI$E PARTNERS ACHIEVE IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996

WASTEWI$E PARTNERS ACHIEVE IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

Under EPA's voluntary waste reduction program, "WasteWi$e," 208 reporting companies quadrupled reported waste reduction over 1994 amounts, eliminating 344,000 tons of material through waste prevention, and recycling an additional 4.2 million tons of material. This represents a substantial conservation of natural resources and a significant diversion of materials from landfills. In 1995 WasteWi$e partners saved about $59 million in purchasing costs through efforts to reduce transport packaging. Reduction in transport packaging is a key cost-cutting opportunity for many companies. EPA's "Second-Year Progress Report" highlights the 1995 achievements of WasteWi$e partners and contains sections devoted to waste prevention, collection of recyclables and buying or manufacturing recycled products. The report includes examples to illustrate the wide range of strategies available to reduce waste and cut costs. WasteWi$e partners are located nationwide and span 35 industrial sectors, a third of these partners are Fortune 500 manufacturing and service companies. EPA's "Second-Year Progress Report,"(Document Number: EPA530-R-96-016) is available through the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 1-800-424-9346 or 703- 412-9810.

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