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WESTERN WASTE ENTERS INTO LABOR PROGRAM WITH CHINO CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Waste Industries (NYSE: WW) has entered into a cooperative venture program with the California Department of Corrections to provide on-the-job training and new work skills for prison inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino, Calif.
 Western Waste -- under the state's Joint Venture Program, a result of Proposition 139's passing by voters in November 1991 -- will initially employ five inmates to recycle Christmas and other holiday trees from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties into mulch and valuable soil amendment products. This is the first Joint Venture Program with an integrated refuse collection and recycling firm, according to the Department of Corrections.
 Recruitment of eligible inmate employees concluded this week and successful applicants will be on the job beginning Jan. 4.
 "The holiday season is a time for all of us to reflect, give thanks, help one another and to rebuild and heal our communities for the sake of our children," said Kosti Shirvanian, Western Waste's president and chief executive officer. "Our support and participation in this Joint Venture Program celebrates the true spirit of this special time of year, and will hopefully inspire and encourage the men from the Chino institution to lead productive and law-abiding lives when released back into our communities."
 Western Waste is leasing a portion of the Chino Correctional Facility as a Greenwaste Processing Site and anticipates mulching more than 200,000 trees collected from its 29 client cities in Southern California this holiday season.
 "Processing these trees into mulch and composted soil amendments will save thousands of cubic yards of valuable space in already overcrowded landfills, and creates products that are earth-friendly and revitalizing," Shirvanian said.
 The Joint Venture Program represents an expansion of existing greenwaste recycling services offered by Western Waste into the core of its Inland Empire service area. The facility is equipped to grind and screen more than 300 tons of trees and greenwaste per day. The inmates will be paid prevailing wage rates. By law their earnings must be first applied to repay the state for costs of incarceration, restitution to victims of the crime and support of the inmates' families. Western Waste is finalizing negotiations for a long-term lease at the Chino Institution for greenwaste recycling, said Al Simonian, vice president of the company's Inland Empire region.
 Western Waste Industries is a leading integrated solid waste management company, providing collection, landfill and recycling services to residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 92 cities in California, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana and Colorado.
 MEDIA ADVISORY
 WHAT: Kickoff of inaugural cooperative venture program between Western Waste Industries and the California Department of Corrections.
 Western Waste will provide on-the-job training and new work skills for selected prison inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Inmates will assist in recycling Christmas trees collected from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties to be made into mulch and valuable soil amendment products on prison property leased by Western Waste.
 WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 30
 11-11:45 a.m.
 WHERE: On the grounds of the California Institution for Men; use Eucalyptus Avenue entrance off Euclid Street. (Map is available.)
 WHO: Officials from Western Waste and the California Institution for Men will be available for interviews and photos.
 VISUALS: Media tours of the Greencycle Processing Site will be given.
 CONTACT: Lance Jones of Western Waste Industries, 909-591-1718; or David Dickstein of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for Western Waste Industries.
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 /CONTACT: Richard F. Widrig of Western Waste Industries, 310-329-1425; or Craig A. Parsons of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for Western Waste Industries/
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