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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR GOVERNOR'S WASTE MINIMIZATION AWARDS

 EMIGSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- State Department of Environmental Resources (DER) Secretary Arthur A. Davis today announced the winners of the 1992 Governor's Waste Minimization Awards to businesses and municipalities that use innovative techniques to eliminate, reduce or reuse waste.
 "The efforts of these award winners demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of waste reduction and recycling," Davis said. "We hope their actions will encourage other businesses and municipalities to make waste minimization a part of their everyday operations."
 Davis' comments came as he presented two of the awards -- to the City of York and Du Pont Connector Systems -- at Du Pont's Emigsville plant in York County.
 The Governor's Waste Minimization awards, created in 1987, are presented in three categories: industrial, municipal and market development -- a recognition of efforts to build markets for recyclable materials.
 Winners in the industrial category are:
 -- Du Pont Connector Systems of Emigsville, York County, which developed several techniques to reduce or eliminate the use of resins or solvents in several manufacturing processes, saving the company nearly $1.26 million per year.
 -- R.H. Sheppard Co. Inc. of Hanover, York County, which manufactures integral power steering gears and operates a foundry to supply iron components. To reduce industrial waste, the company installed systems for recycling spent foundry sand, waste wood, naphtha, lacquer thinner, used oil and coolant.
 -- Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Monroe County. Improvements in sandblasting, cleaning, plating and painting operations have reduced hazardous waste generation by 82 percent since 1985. That reduction has saved the depot over $550,000 in disposal costs, almost $7 million in environmental liability costs and $400,000 in material purchasing and handling costs.
 -- Merck & Co. Inc. of Danville, Montour County, a pharmaceuticals manufacturer, eliminated methylene chloride in the manufacturing process of "imipenem," a component of the antibiotic drug PRIMAXIN. Projected cost savings for the second half of 1992 alone are estimated to be $7.2 million.
 -- Drakenfeld Colors of Washington, Washington County, manufactures inorganic pigments and glass enamel coatings. Between 1987 and 1991, Drakenfeld reduced hazardous waste containing lead, cadmium and chromium by 540,000 pounds for an annual savings of $936,000.
 -- PPG Industries Inc., Resource and Development Center in Springdale, Allegheny County, developed a way to reformulate and recycle a low-quality solvent by-product, saving the company over $900,000 a year.
 -- Aristech Chemical Corp. in Pittsburgh is a major distiller of coal tar. A 1991 federal regulation called for a 98 percent reduction in atmospheric emissions of benzene by requiring all tar storage tanks to be gas-blanketed. The company developed an innovative way to remove benzene from tar in the first processing step, eliminating the need to gas-blanket the storage tanks, for $3.3 million in savings.
 The winners in the municipal category are:
 -- City of York has actively assisted its residents in reducing junk mail at the source and eliminating yard waste disposal through its new "Let It Lay" and backyard composting programs. In addition, York City Council adopted a resolution promoting the purchase of recycled supplies.
 -- Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority in Blossburg, Tioga County, developed creative techniques for collecting and marketing recyclables. The authority collects and recycles materials such as textbooks and bi- metal cans and operates a household hazardous waste collection program called the Paint Drop and Swap program. By avoiding tipping fees, the authority saved over $89,000.
 -- Polk Township, Monroe County. Although the township is not required to recycle under Act 101, it expanded its voluntary recycling efforts with a new recycling center. Reconditioned potato conveyers purchased from local farmers are used to convey newspaper from the collection point to a transfer trailer. A local business provides five- gallon buckets which the township converts into recycling containers.
 -- West Whiteland Township, Chester County, implemented an incentive-based recycling program for its residents in November 1991. Residents purchase township disposal bags which must be used for all discarded waste as a means of paying for the trash collection and recycling program.
 -- Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Monroe County, a winner in the industrial category as well, is honored in the municipal category for its work in recycling a wide variety of materials. During the first six months of fiscal year 1992, nearly five million pounds of paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, steel, scrap electronics, rubber, textiles, wood, cinders and leaves were collected, saving more than $201,000.
 -- Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, started an aggressive recycling program in 1988. In 1991, the township entered into a 10-year agreement with a private recycling firm to ensure long-term markets for newspaper, magazines and junk mail. By recycling 70 tons of magazines and junk mail from July through December 1991, the township estimates that it saved 2,000 trees, 490,000 gallons of water, and kept 210 cubic yards of waste out of landfills.
 -- Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster County, developed a "per-bag" waste reduction and recycling program where residents are required to buy special trash bags from the borough, encouraging a decrease in household waste generation. Since the program began, the township's waste stream has been reduced by 29 percent, and the average household saves $70 a year on trash disposal costs.
 The winners in the market development category are:
 -- Ford New Holland in Belleville, Mifflin County, manufactures farm equipment. The company developed a process to use recycled plastic milk jugs to make floor boards for manure spreaders. Ford New Holland estimates that in 1991 it used almost three million bulky one-gallon plastic milk and water jugs that otherwise would have been discarded in landfills.
 -- The Allentown Morning Call and Good Shepherd Work Services, Allentown, formed a unique partnership to close the recycling loop. Good Shepherd, a facility for the care, rehabilitation and employment of the handicapped, operates a newspaper recycling buy-back center, providing clean newspaper to Garden State Paper in Garfield, N.J. Garden State Paper manufactures 100 percent recycled newsprint which is used by the Allentown Morning Call.
 DER will accept applications for the 1993 Governor's Waste Minimization Awards through May 15. For more information call 717-787-7382.
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