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CAL/EPA COMMENDS RECORDING INDUSTRY FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW FORMAT COMPACT DISKS TO REDUCE SOLID WASTE

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) today commended the recording industry for implementing its voluntary decision to adopt a new jewel-box-size compact disk (CD) package in order to reduce solid waste going into landfills.
 "On behalf of Gov. Pete Wilson, the recording industry needs to be commended for its decision to adopt a new packaging standard as an important first step toward reducing the volume of solid waste going to landfills across the United States," said James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection.
 Strock sent letters to the presidents of the six major U.S. music distributors praising them for their companies' efforts. As part of the voluntary decision, retailers throughout the United States have begun converting in-store displays and security systems to accommodate the new CD boxes, which measure 5" x 5-1/2".
 "I am aware that implementing this decision has been complex and not without difficulty for your company and the retailers you supply. They, too, should be recognized for their work and investment to design shelves and security procedures to accommodate the new size CD boxes," Strock wrote.
 The waste stream comprised of all types of consumer product packaging accounts for almost one-third of the total solid waste generated each year. In California, that translates into over 13 million tons of waste annually.
 Strock noted that the voluntary decision to eliminate the disposable long box serves as an example of corporate responsibility to the environment and will set a standard for others to follow.
 Cal/EPA is looking to other industries to follow suit and voluntarily choose to reduce unnecessary disposable packaging for products such as computer software and the fast food industry.
 The companies praised by Strock include: CEMA Distribution; WEA; Uni Distribution Corp.; BMG Distribution; PolyGram Distribution; and Sony Music Distribution.
 James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection, sent the following letter, dated April 5, to Paul Smith, president of Sony Music Distribution:
 Dear Mr. Smith:
 With the recent implementation of the recording industry's voluntary decision to adopt a new 5"x5-1/2" jewel-box-size Compact Disk (CD) packaging standard, I want to take this opportunity on behalf of Governor Pete Wilson to commend your company for taking such an important first step toward reducing the volume of solid waste going to landfills across the United States.
 As you know, estimates of the size of the packaging waste stream going to landfills range up to more than one third of our total solid waste stream. Your voluntary decision to eliminate the disposable long box is a shining example of corporate responsibility to our environment and will set a standard for others to follow.
 I am aware that implementing this decision has been complex and not without difficulty for your company and the retailers you supply. They, too, should be recognized for their work and investment to design shelves and security procedures to accommodate the new size CD boxes. Theirs is truly an investment in our future.
 Please accept my sincere appreciation for your work to help protect California's environment. If Cal/EPA can be of assistance to your company in this or other waste reduction efforts, please do not hesitate to contact Bob Borzelleri, of my staff at 916-324-9670.
 Sincerely,
 James M. Strock
 Secretary of Environmental Protection
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 /CONTACT: James Lee of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670/


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