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BROWNING-FERRIS WINS PITTSBURGH MUNICIPAL RECYCLING CONTRACT, NATION'S LARGEST FOR PROCESSING RECYCLABLES

 PITTSBURGH, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. (NYSE: BFI), was the successful bidder on the municipal recycling contract for the city of Pittsburgh. The three-year contract will involve all of Pittsburgh's 170,000 homes, representing the nation's largest contract for processing recyclable materials.
 BFI estimates that 10,400 tons of recyclable metals, glass and plastics will be processed at its Recyclery each year, and 7,800 tons of newspaper will be delivered to a Canadian de-inking mill for processing, annually diverting a total of 18,200 tons from Pittsburgh-area landfills.
 "The beauty of this contract with BFI is that it allows Pittsburgh to continue a 3-year-old environmentally sound and cost- effective program that will ultimately benefit all citizens of the city," said Maribeth Rizzuto, Pittsburgh recycling coordinator.
 Under the new program, households will separate their recyclables into two bags -- one for commingled metals, glass, plastics, food and beverage containers, aerosol and paint cans and another bag for newspapers. The bags will be picked up by city collection crews, and contents will be removed at a transfer station. The metals, glass and plastics will be further sorted at BFI's Recyclery, a materials recovery facility located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Carnegie. The newspapers will be shipped to a de-inking facility in Ontario, Canada, operated by the Quno Corporation.
 "The Pittsburgh assignment is the wave of the future for BFI," said Phil Wills, BFI Pittsburgh district manager. "Efficient processing of recyclables and delivery of a quality product to end markets guarantees our customer, the city of Pittsburgh, the most cost-effective recycling program."
 Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc., is one of the largest publicly held companies engaged in providing waste services. Subsidiaries and affiliates collect, transport, treat, recycle and dispose of commercial, residential and municipal solid waste and industrial wastes. BFI subsidiaries are also involved in resource recovery facilities and medical waste services.
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 /NOTE: Recyclery is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: Pete Block, 713-870-7854, or Norbert Kraich, 202-296-0263, both for Browning-Ferris Industries/
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CO: Browning-Ferris Industries ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: CON

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