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A&P FOOD STORES JOIN THE NEW YORK TIMES IN PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING PROGRAM

 NEW YORK, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning this week, subscribers of The New York Times (AMEX: NYT.A) will be able to recycle the plastic bags used to deliver the papers at more than 300 A&P Food Stores located in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. To participate, A&P shoppers simply drop off The Times bags in special recycling bins set up in each store.
 The new program was announced today by Charles E. Shelton, The Times's vice president of circulation, and Earl Meyer, A&P vice president, merchandising, Metro New York.
 The Times and A&P are sending letters to more than 300,000 of The Times's direct home delivery customers in the greater New York area to notify them of the recycling plans. Signs in the A&P stores will call attention to receptacles for the plastic bags.
 "We are delighted to be working with A&P in this important plastic recycling program," Mr. Shelton said. "The Times and many of our readers are very committed to recycling and protecting the environment, and this program will make a significant contribution."
 Mr. Meyer of A&P said: "We are happy to continue working with The New York Times in helping to promote plastic bag recycling with our customers."
 Subscribers of The Times outside of Manhattan receive their newspapers in blue plastic bags, which protect the papers from water, dirt and damage. The Times and many of its readers were interested in finding a way to recycle the bags rather than discarding them. In 1991, A&P initiated sponsorship of the plastic bag recycling program with The Times through its Super Fresh and Food Emporium subsidiaries, and The Times also established a plastic recycling program with Grand Union stores.
 In these programs, The Times promotes to its readers the stores' recycling efforts, which helps to increase store traffic. The supermarkets, in turn, help The Times and its readers to preserve the environment.
 In addition to recycling plastic, The Times uses newsprint made from 100 percent recycled newspapers as part of the total supply of newsprint used to produce the paper, and also routes much of its own production waste materials, including paper and ink, for recycling.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Nielsen, 212-556-7078, or William Adler, 212-556-7077, both of The New York Times Company; or Michael Rourke of A&P Food Stores, 201-930-4236/
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