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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR GOVERNOR'S WASTE MINIMIZATION AWARDS

 WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR GOVERNOR'S WASTE MINIMIZATION AWARDS
 /ADVANCE/ HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur A. Davis today announced the winners of the Governor's 1991 Waste Minimization Awards, presented to Pennsylvanians who have developed successful and innovative ways to reduce waste.
 "All of this year's award winners demonstrate that good environmental sense also makes good business sense," said Davis, who substituted for Gov. Robert P. Casey in his weekly radio address.
 Davis said the award winners represent the best efforts of all Pennsylvanians to protect and improve our environment.
 "Not only are citizens recycling, but more and more Pennsylvanians are reducing the amount of trash we throw away by using more recycled products," Davis said. "And our businesses are inventing new ways to produce less waste.
 "In Pennsylvania, recycling is a shared commitment of government, business and residents that grows stronger each year."
 The awards are presented in three categories: industrial, municipal, and a new category this year, market development, which recognizes efforts to build markets for recyclable materials.
 The winners in the industrial category:
 -- BMY Combat Systems of York developed a water treatment system that eliminates hazardous waste discharges into the Susquehanna River drainage basin. The company said it saves $150,000 annually in disposal costs.
 -- J & L Specialty Products Corp., a stainless steel manufacturer in Midland, Beaver County, has taken a hazardous metallic dust out of the waste stream and recycled it to produce more stainless steel. J & L no longer disposes of the dust in hazardous waste landfills and saves $47,000 a month with the new manufacturing process.
 -- AT&T Microelectronics in Reading, helps protect the fragile ozone layer by eliminating harmful emissions. The company also recycles glass, plastic, paper, wood and metals. The company saves $400,000 a year through waste reduction and from selling recycled materials.
 -- R.D. Werner Co. of Greenville, Mercer County, an aluminum products manufacturer, replaced the hazardous solvents it used in manufacturing with a non-hazardous substitute. The company is marketing the new aluminum product for commercial use.
 The winners in the municipal category:
 -- The Borough of Carlisle, whose per-bag-fee for curbside garbage collection has resulted in a 90 percent participation in recycling and encourages residents to buy more recyclable packaging and products.
 -- Sunbury which expanded its recycling program through city-wide recycling contests and an exciting environmental education program for school children.
 -- The City of Allentown expanded its highly successful recycling program to include "grasscycling." Residents are encouraged to leave grass clippings on their lawn and compost leaves and Christmas trees. Allentown has been recognized nationally for its recycling program, which this year expects to divert 40 percent of trash from the waste stream and save $2 million in disposal costs.
 -- Derry Township (Hershey) has developed one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the state. Nearly every resident participates in the curbside recycling program and makes use of a drop- off center for hard-to-recycle items such as used motor oil, tires and magazines.
 -- Citizens to Protect Our Community Inc., in the Village of White, Fayette County, recycled old farm machinery to create a recycling center. The group used discarded farm equipment to furnish the center with a glass crusher, paper shredder and a baler. The village isn't required to recycle, but does it anyway, processing about 2,000 pounds of material each month.
 The market development category recognizes efforts to close the loop in the recycling process by making recyclables into new products.
 The award winners in this category, the Borough of Beaver and the Beaver County Times newspaper, work with local dairy farmers to use old newsprint for cattle bedding. Volunteers from service organizations collect an average of five tons of old newspapers from county residents each week, saving the borough $2,000 a year.
 This is the fourth year that the Governor's Waste Minimization Awards have been presented to businesses, local governments and groups that have made outstanding efforts to reduce waste and enhance recycling in Pennsylvania.
 The Department of Environmental Resources will accept applications Jan. 1 through May 15 for the 1992 awards. For more information on the Governor's Waste Minimization Awards, contact 717-787-7382.
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