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NEW YORK POSTAL SERVICE LEADS THE WAY IN RECYCLING

 NEW YORK POSTAL SERVICE LEADS THE WAY IN RECYCLING
 NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In an action which will ease the


burden borne by many landfills in and around the metropolitan area, the New York Division of the U.S. Postal Service will unveil plans for a major paper recycling program at an April 27 press conference to be held at 10:30 a.m. at Manhattan's James A. Farley Building (33rd Street and Eighth Avenue, Room 3018). Joining postal officials at the conference will be representatives of the Marcal Paper Mills of Elmwood Park, N.J., the paper manufacturer which has entered into a partnership with the Postal Service in the progressive venture.
 Estimated to be the largest single mixed paper recycling program in the metropolitan area, the new initiative will recover an excess of 9,000 tons of waste paper per year and prevent it from going to area landfills. The Postal Service's undeliverable mail and administrative office paper, collected from 85 postal facilities in Manhattan and the Bronx, will be cleaned and processed by Marcal to be made into high grade sanitary tissue products.
 Besides the obvious conservation and ecological benefits the program will produce, the Postal Service expects to realize an overall financial savings in excess of $400,000 per year. "In the past, our waste paper was taken by a waste hauler to either Fresh Kills in Staten Island or to landfills as far away as Virginia; the freight and landfill tipping fees were considerable," points out John F. Kelly, general manager/postmaster of the New York Division. "Because Marcal does not charge to have mixed recyclable paper dropped off at their New Jersey facility, our waste disposal fees will be reduced dramatically."
 Under the program's provisions, waste paper from the New York Division - magazines, glossy catalogs, advertising direct mail, envelopes with windows or pressure sensitive labels, fax, photocopy, carbonless copy, and computer paper - will be transported in truckload quantities to Marcal's Elmwood Park facility for processing. The discarded paper will be thoroughly cleaned and transformed into Marcal branded tissues, napkins and paper towel products, all of which are made from 100 percent recycled paper.
 Nick Marcalus, president of Marcal Paper Mills, said, "Marcal's program with the Postal Service is the most progressive recycling effort within the United States tissue industry. No other paper company is taking such a broad range of commingled paper grades to make into high quality sanitary tissue products. This is leading edge recycling at its best and Marcal is proud to be working with the Postal Service on this important program which makes good environmental and economic sense."
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