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POLYSTYRENE RECYCLING EXPANDS IN GEORGIA

 POLYSTYRENE RECYCLING EXPANDS IN GEORGIA
 New Operation Boosts Recycling in Southeast, Adds Jobs
 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An increase in polystyrene recycling efforts by a California-based firm will bring environmental and economic benefits to Georgia this year.
 Free-Flow Packaging Corp., which manufactures the only packaging peanut made from 100 percent recycled waste polystyrene, has purchased Lannus Industries Inc. in Marietta, Ga.
 The purchase will enable Free-Flow to reclaim and recycle 12 million pounds of expanded waste polystyrene annually in four manufacturing plants across the country, and will significantly boost polystyrene recycling efforts in Georgia.
 The Free-Flow operation also will bring new jobs to Marietta. The existing plant currently employs 14 workers. When new manufacturing equipment is installed as part of Free-Flow's expansion plan, 20 to 30 new jobs will be created, according to company president Arthur Graham.
 The 16,000 square-foot facility currently reclaims and recycles 1.5 million pounds of waste expanded polystyrene each year, making Lannus one of the largest polystyrene recyclers in the southeastern United States.
 Free-Flow plans to double the Marietta plant's capacity during the next 12 months, stepping up commercial and business recycling in the region. Free-Flow will seek waste expanded polystyrene from businesses and communities in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.
 Initially, the Marietta plant will turn post-consumer polystyrene waste such as stereo and computer packaging molds, shipping peanuts, hamburger clamshell boxes and coffee cups into pellets. These pellets will be shipped to other Free-Flow plants, where they will be remanufactured into the firm's figure-8-shaped packaging peanuts, Flo-Pak(R).
 Within a year, Free-Flow plans to install proprietary Flo-Pak manufacturing equipment in the Atlanta area so that packaging peanuts can be remanufactured on-site. When operating at full capacity, the local plant will have the capacity to recycle three million pounds annually of post-consumer waste polystyrene.
 "The only way polystyrene recycling will work in this country is to find uses for the recycled material," said Free-Flow founder and polystyrene inventor Arthur Graham. "We have to close the loop and move beyond collection of materials to the manufacturing of new materials, such as Flo-Pak."
 An innovator in polystyrene recycling, Free-Flow has been manufacturing Flo-Pak from 100 percent recycled polystyrene waste since 1979. In the late 1980s, Free-Flow developed equipment to re-manufacture many types of used expanded polystyrene into Flo-Pak on-site.
 In 1990 and 1991, the company worked with the city of Palo Alto, Calif., to set up an experimental municipal polystyrene recycling program. During the first six months of that program, the city collected and diverted 8,400 pounds of waste polystyrene, which not only was recycled into new materials, but also saved the city $7,000 in landfill disposal costs.
 Free-Flow was commended by the Environmental Protection Agency for its innovative recycling efforts, and was named a finalist in the 1990 EPA Administrator's Awards in the small business category.
 Businesses and communities interested in setting up polystyrene collection with Free-Flow should contact Virginia Lyle at 415-364-1145.
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 /CONTACT: Virginia Lyle of Free-Flow Packaging Corp., 415-364-1145; or Julie Ross, 415-984-6269, or Adrienne Wolfman, 415-984-6298, both of Ketchum Public Relations for Free-Flow Packaging Corp./ CO: Free-Flow Packaging Corp.; Lannus Industries ST: California; Georgia IN: SU: TNM


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