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LAIDLAW OPENS RECYCLING FACILITY AND EDUCATION CENTER

 LAIDLAW OPENS RECYCLING FACILITY AND EDUCATION CENTER
 CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Laidlaw Waste Systems will commemorate the 22nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with the opening of a 40,000-plus square foot materials recovery facility recycling and education center in Capitol Heights, Md. This is the second such east coast facility opened by Laidlaw since December.
 The Capitol Heights facility, located at 9020 Edgeworth Drive, will process 300 tons of post-consumer recyclables per day, including glass, metal, plastic, newspaper, office paper and corrugated materials. The Laidlaw facility will serve residential and commercial customers and local governments in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 The company also will operate a recycling education center to teach area school children and business people the value of recycling and the important role it plays in the protection of the natural resources.
 Following the 10 a.m. opening on April 22, the facility business hours will be 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
 As the continent's third largest provider of solid waste management services, Laidlaw Waste Systems is committed to providing environmentally sound solutions to customers in more than 165 locations across North America.
 Laidlaw demonstrated its ongoing commitment to recycling by originating the Blue Box collection system in 1981. Since its inception, the Blue Box has become the most noticeable expression of individual environmental consciousness in North America. From an original program in Kitchener, Ontario, with 3,500 people participating, Blue Box recycling has grown to serve an estimated 35 million people across the continent.
 LAIDLAW MATERIAL RECOVERY FACILITY (MRF)
 "RECYCLING OF A DIFFERENT SORT"
 FACILITY HIGHLIGHTS
 GENERAL:
 Owner/Operator Laidlaw Waste Systems/Recycling, Inc.
 Area Served Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland,
 Virginia
 Customer Base Residential, commercial, institutional
 and government sectors
 Materials Accepted Newspaper, office paper and corrugated
 fiber grades
 Glass, aluminum, metal and plastic
 containers
 Site Area 2 acres, 40,000 square foot building;
 800 square foot recycling educational
 center; 4 loading docks; 2 drive-in
 ramps
 Start-up April 1992
 Operation Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 Saturday, 6 a.m. - noon
 Staff 20 employees
 EQUIPMENT:
 Type of System Harris HRB-8 Baler; Dover Paper Sorting
 System; Resource Recovery Systems
 Commingled Sorting System; Mayfran and
 Selco Baler Feed Conveyors; Powell 80
 ton truck scale; Toledo 10,000 lbs.
 Floor Scale; Alcoa Aluminum Flatner/
 Blower System; Caterpillar Fork-lifts
 and front-loader; Case Uni-loader
 Process Lines Commingled Containers - up to 8 tons per
 hour; Fiber Materials - up to 25 tons
 per hour
 Average Throughput Initially: 75 tons per day
 Capacity: 300 tons per day
 -0- 4/10/92
 /CONTACT: Monty Davison, recycling manager, Maryland operations of Laidlaw Waste Systems Inc., 800-659-SORT/ CO: Laidlaw Waste Systems Inc. ST: Maryland IN: SU:


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