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HOME DEPOT AND MINDIS RECYCLING OPEN RECYCLING DEPOT Unit Becomes First Recycling Facility In U.S. Located at Home Center Retailer

 ATLANTA, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot (NYSE: HD), America's largest home center retailer and Mindis Recycling, one of the largest recycling companies in the Southeast, today officially opened the Recycling Depot at Home Depot's Duluth, Ga. store, located at 3755 Shackleford Parkway in the metro Atlanta area.
 The Recycling Depot has a drive-through operation and emphasizes recycling of discarded materials from home improvement projects -- such as aluminum gutters and siding, copper pipe, electrical wire, water heaters and other materials -- a great deal of which are presently going to landfills. The facility also accepts common household recyclables such as paper, plastic, glass and metal. Customers receive cash for their recyclables.
 Company officials estimate the Recycling Depot will be capable of diverting over one million pounds of recyclables per month from area landfills in its first year of operation.
 "The Home Depot has stringent policies on doing the best we can within our own operations to preserve our environmental resources," said Arthur Blank, president and chief operating officer. "Our company is based on the foundation of doing what's right for our customers, and they have shown interest in doing what's right for the environment."
 "We are pleased to enter this joint venture with Mindis Recycling and are confident their vast experience in the industry should prove beneficial in providing this additional service for our customers. We will be watching this project very closely to monitor its effectiveness and determine whether we should develop other such Recycling Depots at other locations," added Blank.
 Recycling Depot is a joint venture of The Home Depot and Mindis Recycling, developed due to the desire by Mindis to expand its satellite buyback center concept and The Home Depot commitment to be environmentally responsible and help its customers recycle.
 Mindis Recycling Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Imerman said: "We approached The Home Depot because of the natural connection between our respective customer bases.
 "The Mindis advanced approach to recycling and the desire by The Home Depot to provide their customers with additional service made this concept a natural." Mindis Recycling is also helping The Home Depot with internal recycling programs in its stores.
 The Recycling Depot was an evolutionary development of the successful MindisMart concept. MindisMart, a combination buyback center and environmentally based retail store in neighboring Marietta, Ga. is the first facility of its kind.
 The 217-foot-long Recycling Depot occupies approximately one acre of The Home Depot parking lot. Its manned operation features a high- capacity design with three vehicle drop-off lanes to accommodate the volume of The Home Depot customers. "We have designed the facility to ensure a negligible amount of material contamination. This means that 100 percent of the recyclables being brought into Recycling Depot will actually be recycled," said Keith Rinzler, vice president of development for Mindis.
 The Recycling Depot staff, managed by Jordy Gamson, is jointly staffed and trained by both Home Depot and Mindis Recycling. In the work force are two handicapped employees, recruited from the Hi-Hopes (cq) Service Center in Lawrenceville.
 Mindis Recycling, a leader in the procurement, processing and sale of recyclable materials in the southeastern United States, is a division of Attwoods PLC. The parent company, Attwoods PLC, is a London-based, international waste management firm and the world's fourth largest waste management firm. Through a "Hub and Spoke" network of over 20 facilities in five states, the company recycles over 1.25 billion pounds annually into over 250 grades of recycled products. Recently the company purchased the former General Motors Lakewood assembly plant in Atlanta. The 2-million-square-foot facility is being developed into 'Mindis Recycling World' -- the world's largest multi-purpose recyclable processing facility.
 "We've taken a big step in the right direction by helping our customers recycle," said Mark Eisen, manager of environmental marketing for The Home Depot and the chairman of the Home Center Institute and National Retailer Hardware Association's Hardlines Industry Environmental Initiative. "Now we can provide customers with a higher level of service and convenience offered by the drive-through facility. It's a viable alternative to costly curbside recycling programs that become obsolete when the items to be recycled are contaminated and have to be diverted to the already overcrowded landfills. The Recycling Depot is an ideal way to make it easy for customers to do the right thing."
 Over the last two years, The Home Depot has been recognized as a leader within home center retailing by integrating environmental considerations into its day-to-day operations. The company's environmental initiatives include an independent, third-party program to screen and evaluate environmental marketing claims of products, participation in the U.S. EPA's Green Lights efficient-lighting program, and a variety of store and office recycling programs involving cardboard, office paper, metals, drywall and a switch to recycled plastic slipsheets from wood pallets.
 The company also took the leading role in helping the U.S. EPA launch a program to encourage other home center retailers to educate consumers about the hazards of lead solder by voluntarily dropping the product from its plumbing departments.
 Founded in 1978 The Home Depot operates 215 stores in 19 states. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HD" and is included in the Standard & Poor's Index.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Eisen, manager of environmental marketing, 404-433-8211, ext. 6067, or Jenifer Swearingen, media relations, 404-433-8211, ext. 7061, both of The Home Depot; or Keith Rinzler, vice president of development for Mindis Recycling, 404-609-7390/
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