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SPRINT TAKES LEADERSHIP ROLE IN INTRODUCING RECYCLED PHONE BILLS, ENVELOPES

 SPRINT TAKES LEADERSHIP ROLE
 IN INTRODUCING RECYCLED PHONE BILLS, ENVELOPES
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) will become the first major long distance carrier to produce its bills, remittance envelopes and outer mailing envelopes on recycled paper. The transition of more than 5 million of its residential customers billed on Sprint Advantage and business customers of its Management Billing Advantage invoices will begin in June at its invoice processing center in Sacramento, Calif.
 With this move, Sprint will become one of the nation's largest consumers of 50 percent recycled paper containing 10 percent post- consumer waste (paper previously used). Sprint expects to use more than 105 tons of recycled paper each month.
 Over a 12-month period, this recycled paper will contribute to such resource savings as 4,423,860 gallons of water and 2.59 million kwh of energy -- enough to power 316 average households for a year.
 "This is a significant step for Sprint and our customers," said George Fuciu, senior vice president of Sprint's Program Management Group. "We have implemented a number of programs over the years to show our recycling commitment, but none have been as great or as far- reaching as this one."
 Sprint joined with Moore Business Forms to conduct extensive tests to ensure the new recycled paper met Sprint's production quality standards. Once satisfied with the quality, the paper was ordered.
 Today, Sprint's outer mailing envelopes are recyclable with a glacine window, which can decompose. In July, the company will begin a transition to outer mailing envelopes made from recycled stock with glacine windows.
 Earlier this year, Sprint produced its annual report for the first time on uncoated, recycled paper using soy-based inks, which enabled the paper to be more readily and safely recycled. In addition, the company produced versions of its annual report on computer diskettes, which could be substituted for the paper report.
 Sprint has numerous ongoing recycling programs involving many of its 43,000 employees. These include many styrofoam-free buildings and aluminum can, paper (including directory) and toner cartridge recycling efforts. The company also encourages employees to become involved in recycling issues in their communities.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435 or, after hours, 703-242-1769, or Angela Peacock, 202-828-7415 or, after hours, 301-564-4984, both of Sprint.
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