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EPA WELCOMES WEYMOUTH 'PARTNER'

Release Date: 11/09/1998
Contact Information: Leo Kay, Press Office, (617)918-4154

BOSTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Watch All, Inc. in Weymouth, Mass. has been selected as a participant in the agency's "Partners for Change" program for the second straight year.

The EPA's New England Regional Office launched the Partners for Change program last year to encourage regional businesses and municipalities to explore and implement responsible environmental practices in return for EPA recognition. Watch All is the first pest control company in New England to be accepted for the Partners for Change program.

Watch All, Inc. continues its policy of recycling and reusing paper products and purchases supplies in a manner that reduces container and packaging wastes. In addition, Watch All practices integrated pest management which replaces many pesticide applications with common sense and the company conducts outreach programs in local schools to educate children and teachers about insects, pollination and the health concerns associated with them.

"Watch All, Inc. is proof positive that a green economy translates into a good economy," said John P. DeVillars, administrator of the EPA's New England office. "We hope that others are inspired by businesses who take the initiative to clean up their act while showing that they don't have to sacrifice their bottom line in doing so."

Watch All, Inc. is a pest management, structural damage repair and lawn care service with 15 employees.

"Partners for Change" is open to any business, municipality or organized group in New England. Small businesses are especially encouraged to apply. To be recognized as a partner, an organization must implement a project or activity that results in a long-term environmentally beneficial change to its daily operations. Such efforts can include waste reduction practices, recycling programs or other efforts that help green the work place.

In return for joining the program, partners receive a certificate, window decal, and publicity from the EPA. In addition, participants are featured in a partners-to-partners directory that lists all participating organizations.

To sign up for "Partners for Change," or for more information about the program call 1(800)906-3328. Request the "environmental pocketbook," a resource guide with useful tips on recycling, energy efficiency and waste reduction, as well as phone, e-mail and worldwide web listings of EPA help lines. The pocketbook also includes program requirements and an application.