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HOECHST CELANESE DEVELOPING MAJOR PLASTICS RECYCLING COMPLEX AT ITS SPARTANBURG, S.C., PLANT

 HOECHST CELANESE DEVELOPING MAJOR PLASTICS RECYCLING
 COMPLEX AT ITS SPARTANBURG, S.C., PLANT
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- State-of-the-art technology for recycling approximately 30 million pounds of plastics annually, including 150 million soft drink bottles and milk jugs, will be installed at Hoechst Celanese's Spartanburg (S.C.) Plant.
 Construction is to begin in early 1992.
 This is the second major recycling initiative announced by Hoechst Celanese since December 1990, when the Company introduced pioneering technology, subsequently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for recycling post-consumer soft drink bottles into food-use applications.
 Hoechst Celanese will spend nearly $6 million modifying and expanding presently unused Spartanburg Plant structures to provide 50,000 square feet of floor space for the first of two of three processing facilities, which will form an ultramodern recycle complex.
 Full operations is expected by the end of next year of processes for converting whole, used beverage bottles and solid polyester process waste into marketable plastic resin and feedstock materials for various Hoechst Celanese manufacturing operations.
 The bottle facility's recycling of 150 million polyester terephthalate (PET) soft drink bottles and high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk jugs annually will remove enough plastics from the waste stream to the nation's landfills to fill an area the length and width of a football field and 10 stories high.
 Currently, approximately 29 percent of PET soft drink bottles are recycled.
 Hoechst Celanese plans to expand the recycle center in 1992 to accommodate a facility for processing soft waste, material resulting from the manufacture or use of polyester fibers and films.
 This operation will supplement soft-waste recycling facilities long in operations at Hoechst Celanese fibers and film plants at Spartanburg and Greer in South Carolina and Shelby and Salisbury in North Carolina.
 Approximately 40 people will be employed when the beverage-bottle and the hard- and soft-waste-processing facilities all are in full operation by early 1993.
 E.F. "Ted" Ebner Jr., who has corporatewide responsibility for Hoechst Celanese recycle initiatives, says, "Our recycling commitment is deep and high tech.
 "That commitment is to helping the country resolve its plastics waste concerns efficiently and effectively, as well as to the environmentally sound management of all Hoechst Celanese products through their total life cycle. That means being creatively responsible for what we produce.
 "Already, our pacesetting technology for recovering and purifying the molecular components of post-consumer, or used soft drink bottles has enabled The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and Kraft General Foods to launch environmentally significant, nationwide, food-use packaging initiatives. Other such efforts are certain to follow.
 "Hoechst Celanese intends to continue providing the caliber of innovative leadership that is making such advances possible."
 The soft-drink bottles and milk jugs to be recycled at Spartanburg will be acquired from throughout the country, with emphasis upon curbside collection programs such as the one operated successfully in Charlotte since 1989 and planned by many other cities.
 Recycle industry data indicate that the United States presently has more than 1,700 active municipal curbside collection programs and new programs are sprouting up more and more frequently.
 Hoechst Celanese research shows that the increasing availability of polyester bottles will roughly match demand for recycled resins.
 Hard and soft polyester wastes for processing through the recycle center will come primarily from Hoechst Celanese polyester fibers and film manufacturing operations and from some of their customers.
 Hoechst Celanese, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoechst AG of Germany, has leading positions in chemicals, fibers, advance materials and technologies and the life sciences.
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 /CONTACT: James P. Allen, 704-554-2224, or Connie Fuller, 704-554-2025, both of Hoechst Celanese/ CO: Hoechst Celanese; Hoechst AG; Coca-Cola Co.; Kraft General Foods ST: North Carolina, South Carolina IN: TEX CHM SU:


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