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TWIN CITIES CONSUMERS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE POLYSTYRENE FOAM PACKAGING

 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Earth Day 1993, Twin Cities consumers will have an opportunity to recycle polystyrene foam packaging. Target Stores, the Minnesota Retail Merchants Association and the Polystyrene Packaging Council have teamed up in a special one-day program to collect and recycle the white foam used to package a wide variety of products from VCRs and stereo equipment to lamps and computers.
 Twin Cities consumer can drop off foam packaging for recycling Saturday, April 24 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at all metro Target Stores and the St. Cloud Target store.
 "Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to provide consumers with a chance to recycle their foam packaging," said Jim Bosch, environmental manager for Target. "Foam packaging has the advantage that it cushions, insulates and protects all types of products and is also highly recyclable."
 Four local foam packaging recyclers (PolyFOAM Inc., Diversifoam Products, Posi-Pack Corp., and Foam Fabricators of Minn.) will provide services to the effort. These local companies will use the packaging in a variety of ways, such as grinding it up and adding it to virgin material to manufacture new packaging, shipping it to a resin manufacturer to be made into recycled content for new packaging, or melting it down and using it to make durable plastic products such as video cassette cartridges or automobile accessories.
 This is one of many programs demonstrating Target's commitment to the environment. Target is also recognized for its founding of "Kids for Saving Earth," an innovative educational initiative that helps kids start environmental clubs in their schools. The company recycles more than 75 percent of its solid waste and works with local recycling companies to find new avenues for recycling. Target also sponsors a new program called "Target Earth," which provides a series of environmental projects that teachers can use throughout the school year to teach the students about responsible use of the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Cook, MRMA, 612-227-6631 or 800-652-9773, or Jim Bosch of Target Stores, 612-370-8499/


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