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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE TERMED WAY OF XEROX CORPORATE LIFE

 LOS ANGELES, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The three "Rs" of environmental conservation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, are much more than a slogan at Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX). They have become a way of corporate life.
 That was the message brought home by a team of Xerox presenters here today at the Eco-Expo and Green Business Conference, in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
 The self-styled Document Company has entered into a commitment to produce waste-free products in waste-free factories, according to George E. Barnes, manager, environmental leadership strategy, at Xerox. He sees that commitment as nothing less than a new way of thinking about product design and manufacturing.
 "With our waste-free product and factory initiatives we will make environmental friendliness a basic consideration in all that we do and all that we manufacture at Xerox," Barnes said. "We are building an infrastructure which will support our environmental initiatives within a system of priority, accountability and measurement."
 Barnes noted that much of this experience is directly applicable to the office.
 He saw as a benchmark effort the company's development of a waste- free copy cartridge, a customer-replaceable unit for smaller copiers that holds key components of the xerographic imaging system.
 Copy cartridges designed for older machines had plastic bodies sealed by ultrasonic welding. They had to be ripped open to get at the inner parts and, therefore, the shells could only be ground down into powder, recycled into base material for remolding. But copy cartridges developed for the Xerox 5300 series of smaller machines can be disassembled and remanufactured for additional use.
 "This remanufacturable cartridge will provide lessons for the rest of our manufacturing process," Barnes said.
 The 5300-series copy cartridges "are the first in the world to be designed for remanufacture," said Spencer Radnich, senior supplies marketing product manager at Xerox. By using the pre-paid UPS shipping carton that comes with each copy cartridge to return the unit when it is spent, "customers partner together with Xerox to improve the environment and share the benefits," he said.
 The customer receives a financial benefit through a discount on the next copy cartridge purchase. Remanufactured cartridges are sold with the same performance warranty as a newly manufactured cartridge, Radnich noted.
 "Xerox," he said, "is fully committed to improving customer satisfaction by being a leading partner in environmental protection."
 Actually, Radnich pointed out, Xerox began offering conservation- oriented products long before the environmental movement took hold. Xerox, he said, was the "first to offer two-sided copying," cutting paper consumption in half. He added that Xerox was also the first to offer document-processing machines with a "power-saver" mode, which reduces power consumption significantly during prolonged periods of idleness.
 A more recent example of this kind of engineering, Radnich noted, are the Xerox DocuTech-series machines, which store lengthy documents in computer memory and print them out, on demand, in the precise quantities required, at a rate of 135 pages per minute.
 Radnich said Xerox has specified environmental design requirements for all its future products. Those requirements, he noted, carry the same weight as requirements such as cost, manufacturability, quality, time to market and customer satisfaction. Design requirements to maximize reusability, remanufacturability and recyclability start at the concept stage of product development, he added.
 In the supplies manufacturing realm, Radnich said, Xerox now offers recycled copy paper with 50 percent recycled-pulp content, at least a fifth of which is post-consumer waste. Xerox also markets recycled fax paper.
 A major effort is now in progress, he added, to maximize paper fiber yields and to reduce packaging. Future packaging, Radnich noted, will be designed for reuse. That, he said, includes toner, or dry-ink, cartridges, which will be refillable.
 In a joint presentation, Jens Hansen, manager, plant maintenance and engineering, and Margot Nelligan, manager, third-party business relationships, described the work of a voluntary team that developed an approach to managing recyclable materials at the El Segundo site of Xerox.
 As of the present, they said, the total waste stream generated at the site has been reduced by 149 tons, and the recyclable-paper portion has been reduced by 57 percent. The installation of electric hand dryers has reduced the quantity of paper toweling used at the site by 15 percent.
 Abhay Bhushan, manager, environmental leadership programs at Xerox, chaired the morning session of the Conference, which dealt with creating the environmental office.
 The World Environmental Center has named Xerox Corporation the 1993 recipient of its Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement.
 Xerox was selected by an independent, international jury of environmental experts from industry, government and academia which cited the company for its proactive environmental policy, progressively strengthened since the 1960's, which goes beyond the baseline of compliance and includes "close-the-loop" purchasing, "cradle-to-grave" design and in-house and customer recycling programs.
 The WEC was founded in 1974 as an independent, not-for-profit, non- advocacy organization. Through three complementary programs -- the International Environment and Development Service, the International Environment Forum and the WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement -- WEC serves as a bridge for the worldwide exchange of information and expertise among industry, government and non-government organizations.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Zuckerman of Xerox, 716-423-4205/
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