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NEW SONOCO AND KODAK RECYCLING PROGRAM COULD DIVERT 700 TONS/YEAR OF FIBER AWAY FROM LANDFILLS

 NEW SONOCO AND KODAK RECYCLING PROGRAM COULD DIVERT
 700 TONS/YEAR OF FIBER AWAY FROM LANDFILLS
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonoco Products Company (NASDAQ-NMS: SONO) and Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced an agreement to recycle the fiber cores which remain as waste from rolls of photographic paper. The new program could prevent an estimated 700 tons of these cores from going to the nation's landfills and incinerators.
 Commercial photofinishers will be able to recycle the fiber cores by shipping them to any one of 32 designated recycling centers operated by Sonoco. Recovered fiber will be sent back to paper mills for reprocessing into new cores and other packaging products.
 "Large-volume photofinishers may use as many as 400 to 500 rolls of photographic paper a day," says Robert F. Bell, manager, environmental programs for Kodak's Consumer Imaging Division. "We have entered into this agreement with Sonoco in the interest of providing an environmentally responsible option for our photofinishers for the disposal of these cores."
 Typically, the 3.5", 4", 5" and 6" cores, each weighing an average of a quarter pound and made of 100 percent recycled fiber, are landfilled. Now, cores can be shipped to the nearest designated recycling center in Sonoco's nationwide network. While large volume dealers are likely to gain the most benefit from the program, all labs regardless of size may participate.
 "This program will provide Kodak dealers with a convenient and environmentally responsible method to dispose of paper cores," says Blane B. Mooney, manager of recycling, Industrial Products Division, Sonoco Products Company. "By diverting used cores away from landfills and into a recycling program, photofinishers can substantially reduce their waste disposal costs."
 Sonoco Products Company is one of the world's largest recyclers and users of recycled materials. More than 90 percent of Sonoco's products, including these photographic paper cores, are manufactured from recycled materials. Currently, the company recycles more than one million tons of recovered paper annually.
 Although Kodak has other recycling programs for photographic wastes, such as film spools, steel magazines, plastic canisters, single-use cameras, and processing chemicals, the company's main focus is on source reduction.
 Photofinishers using Kodak papers can obtain the address of the nearest Sonoco recycling center by contacting the Kodak Customer Information Center at 800-242-2424, extension 41.
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 /CONTACT: Blane B. Mooney, Sonoco Products Company, 803-383-7248, or James. E. Blamphin, Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5036/
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