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PAZ project secures funding.

West Virginia Congressman Alan B. Mollohan has obtained $3 million in new funding for the high-tech recycling initiative that West Virginia University and the Parkersburg area's Polymer Alliance Zone (PAZ) are developing jointly.

The goal of MARCEE (Mid-Atlantic Recycling Center for End-of-Life Electronics) is to create an economical system to recycle plastics from end-of-life electronics.

The two organizations initiated MARCEE with funding Mollohan obtained in 1998. He has secured additional money for the project in the years since, enabling WVU and PAZ to partner on research of new polymer separation technologies and in development of new uses for recycled plastics.

"MARCEE is one of the most challenging projects that anyone could ever attempt," says PAZ President Buddy Graham. "We appreciate Congressman Mollohan's continued support in funding it and his personal interest in ensuring that the investments of time and money are being spent wisely and will produce the desired result."

John Weete, WVU vice president for research and economic development, says, "This is a project with great economic potential for the congressman's district and our entire state. We're glad to be a part of it, working closely with PAZ to help create a full-fledged electronics recycling industry."

The money will finance ongoing research in electronics recycling. It also will go toward the establishment of the Polymer Technology Park in Parkersburg and the Polymer Research Center at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The funds will also support the expansion of Internet-based information exchanges for electronics recycling, a project headed by PAZ and Fairmont high-tech firm D.N. American.
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Title Annotation:Electronics Recycling; Polymer Alliance Zone; Mid-Atlantic Recycling Center for End-of-Life Electronics
Comment:PAZ project secures funding.(Electronics Recycling)(Polymer Alliance Zone)(Mid-Atlantic Recycling Center for End-of-Life Electronics)
Publication:Recycling Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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