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WESTERN WASTE AND GTE PARTNER FOR SECOND ANNUAL TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES RECYCLING DRIVE

 WESTERN WASTE AND GTE PARTNER
 FOR SECOND ANNUAL TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES RECYCLING DRIVE
 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Waste Industries and GTE California have looked up "Recycling" in the phone book and found a happy ending for about 50,000 old directories that might otherwise be thrown out.
 For the second year in a row, Western Waste and GTE are conducting a cooperative program in the South Bay to collect and recycle old telephone directories as new ones arrive. Last year's inaugural effort of South Bay residents and businesses resulted in 52 tons of directories diverted from overcrowded landfills and made into such useful products as paper and cardboard.
 Cities participating in the program, which will run throughout October, are Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes and Torrance.
 "Western Waste and GTE are proud to have pioneered the telephone book recycling market in Southern California," said Kosti Shirvanian, Western Waste's president and chief executive officer. "Thanks to a greater environmental consciousness of citizens and businesses in the southland, we anticipate surpassing the tremendous results of 1991. The tonnage collected and recycled last fall saved nearly 900 trees."
 Should the South Bay surpass its 1991 mark, Western Waste and GTE will donate $500 to VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community's Environment), a South Bay environmental advocacy and action group, Shirvanian said.
 Beginning Oct. 1, old phone books may be dropped off at the Western Waste Recycling Center, 2420 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach; and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Recyling Center, 26301 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Residents of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and those served by city collection services in Torrance may place directories curbside as part of their normal mixed-paper recycling.
 In addition, directories may be disposed in specially marked containers at the following GTE buildings:
 -- Manhattan Beach -- 953 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
 -- Redondo Beach -- 2819 W. 182nd St.
 -- Hermosa Beach -- 102 Pacific Coast Hwy.
 -- Rancho Palos Verdes -- 5841 Crest Rd.
 -- Torrance -- 650 Palos Verdes Blvd.
 22715 Hawthorne Blvd.
 5431 Torrance Blvd.
 Additional information about the South Bay recycling program is available by calling Craig Osepian of Western Waste at 310-329-1425, or Kevin Peterson at GTE, 310-373-7331.
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 /CONTACT: Richard F. Widrig of Western Waste, 310-329-1425; or Craig A. Parsons or David Dickstein of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for Western Waste/ CO: Western Waste Industries; GTE California ST: California IN: SU:


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