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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ISSUES RECYCLING REPORT CARD, MEASURES COMPANY-WIDE RESULTS IN 'TREES'

 DALLAS, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeing the forest from the trees may be a canon of conventional wisdom, but Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) believes it's also important to see the trees -- especially when trees spared from the saw are a direct result of corporate recycling.
 A company normally accustomed to units of measure like megahertz and megabits, TI reports its recycling results in tangible examples, such as trees saved, so its communities and employees can better understand the impact of TI's corporate conservation efforts.
 Since Earth Day 1990, recycling has become routine at all of TI's U.S. plants and offices. This week, the company celebrates Earth Day 1993 (April 22) and its third-year recycling anniversary by issuing a report card on what one company can do. In addition, TI is offering a corporate recycling blueprint free of charge to any company interested in starting a program.
 According to Tim Mikus, recycling manager, TI has recycled 27,920,472 pounds of materials in its north Texas headquarters region alone since April 1990. Company-wide, TI is now recycling paper and wood in the U.S. at a rate that translates to sparing more than 100,000 trees per year. And, since 1990, the company has expanded its efforts considerably, with all sites worldwide recycling a variety of materials.
 In addition to recycling metals, paper, corrugated material, glass and aluminum cans, TI recently extended its program to include the following:
 -- Wood: pallets, scrapwood and pulverized paper are now ground into mulch and compost.
 -- Clean room booties: approximately 10,000 booties are sent to a vendor, where they are washed, sorted, quality controlled and then resold to TI at a reduced rate.
 -- Laser printer cartridges: 12,000 per year.
 -- Polystyrene and polyurethane foam packaging: 12,000 pounds per year.
 Mikus notes that TI established a policy in 1990 to "close the loop" by purchasing recycled materials as well as recycling existing materials. Currently, the company's goal for its U.S. sites is to recycle 60 percent of all non-hazardous solid waste in 1993, and 70 percent in 1994.
 Following is a snapshot of what one company's recycling efforts can accomplish:
 Texas Instruments' Recycling Report Card
 -- In the first quarter of 1993, TI's U.S. sites recycled 62 percent of all its non-hazardous solid waste.
 -- TI's U.S. sites recycle approximately 2.5 million pounds (or 1,250 tons) of materials per month.
 -- Paper and wood products recycled by TI save more than 8,300 trees per month, or 100,000 per year.
 -- At a rate of 15,000 tons per year, TI recycles solid waste volume equivalent to a city the size of Sherman, Texas with a population of 30,000.
 -- And, recycling pays off. Last year, TI's recycling revenues totaled $47,505 for the North Texas region alone, with savings of $520,000 in disposal and landfill costs.
 -- In 1992, the EPA Region 6 recognized TI's North Texas region, which employs more than 40 percent of the company's work force, with its Environmental Excellence in Corporate Recycling award.
 Companies interested in starting a recycling program are encouraged to write for a free copy of "Keys To A Successful Corporate Recycling Program," from: Tim Mikus, TI environmental specialist, Texas Instruments, P.O. Box 655012, M/S 56, Dallas, Texas, 75266.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high- technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI products and services include semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computers and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, and consumer electronics products.
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 /CONTACT: Leslie Price of Texas Instruments, 214-995-2355/
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