WasteWise
          2003
Celebrating
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    Partners
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           PA congratulates the 2003 Waste Wise award winners!

           In particular, EPA recognizes Eastman Kodak Company,

           Public Service Enterprise Group, and Virco Mfg. Corp. for

their outstanding achievements and commitments and hereby inducts

these organizations into the Waste Wise Hall of Fame. EPA established

the Waste Wise Hall of Fame to recognize partners that continually

excel in waste reduction efforts, provide ongoing support for the

Waste Wise program, and that serve as rok models for other partners.
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Since joining WasteWise as a charter member in
1994, Eastman Kodak Company has been a picture
perfect partner. By exploring innovative waste
reduction ideas and sharing successful strategies
with others, the company earned five WasteWise Awards between 1998 and
2002. The hallmark of Kodak's waste reduction program is its One-Time-
Use Camera reuse and recycling program. Since the program's inception,
the camera reuse/recycling rate has soared to 77 percent domestically and 67
percent worldwide. Camera recycling is flashy, but Kodak's construction and
demolition debris management program also deserves the spotlight. Kodak
reused more than 30,000 tons of aggregate made from debris to build new
roads and buildings, saving $2 million. The  company's major manufacturing
site in Rochester, New York, also recycles and reuses more than 600 million
pounds of materials per year. A comprehensive tracking system contributes
to Kodak's waste reduction success by enabling quantification of cost

      "WasteWise offers us an excellent opportunity to
      benchmark our waste reduction and recycling
      programs against the best  in the country.   It also
      provides a steady stream of new ideas that help
      us sustain and improve our programs."
       R. Hays Bell, Director, Health, Safety, and Environment and Vice President
savings and environmental results throughout the year. Reporting precise
waste reduction figures and using EPA's Project XL pollution prevention
tools helped the company earn national recognition for its efforts.

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After joining WasteWise as a charter partner, Public Service Enterprise Group
(PSEG) worked to achieve electrifying results by incorporating waste reduc-
tion into its company culture and business practices. As one of the nation's
major electric power and natural gas providers, PSEG excels in waste reduc-
tion and promoting the climate benefits of these activities. In 1993,  PSEG
instituted an innovative materials management process for handling waste by
forming the Resource Recovery Group. The group aimed to incorporate waste
prevention into every aspect of energy production and achieved this goal
through resource management—a strategic alternative to traditional disposal
contracts. PSEG offered its waste management suppliers financial incentives
to identify waste reduction opportunities. In just 18 months, the  company
implemented new materials management practices and saved nearly $2 mil-


      "At PSEQ, we believe we have made substantial
      progress in terms  of minimizing our  environmental
      footprint,  but we recognize how far we have to go
      and how many opportunities await us."
                      Al Fralinger, Resource Recovery Group Manager

lion in waste management costs and reduced tons of waste. Since 1995,
PSEG's recycling rates have consistently exceeded 90 percent. The utility's
new goal is to maintain or exceed a 94 percent recycling rate for all waste
material generated.  Impressively, PSEG recycled more than 96 percent of its
municipal solid waste in 2002!

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Although Virco Mfg. Corporation designs
chairs, company employees don't sit still when
it comes to protecting the environment. Virco,
which manufactures school and office furniture
in Conway, Arkansas, joined WasteWise as a
charter member in 1994 and quickly achieved success. Since 1994, Virco
has diverted more than 160 million pounds of waste and received six
WasteWise awards in recognition of its achievements. Virco's waste reduc-
tion efforts contribute to its success in the marketplace. By preventing man-

      "The final piece of the puzzle is  educating others
      and inspiring them to  be stewards for the envi-
      ronment and their communities."
                  Don Curran, Resource Recovery and Recycling Manager

ufacturing waste, the company purchases fewer raw materials and transfers
the savings to consumers. Waste reduction efforts also save Virco thousands
of dollars in disposal fees. While cost savings are important, Virco is com-
mitted to protecting the environment regardless of financial benefits.

Dedicated to improving the local community, the company launched a
"Cash for Cardboard" program. Virco collects, bales, and sells corrugated
cardboard from 27  local schools, ships it to a recycling company, and
donates the proceeds back to the schools. In addition, Virco personnel
deliver presentations on WasteWise at business  meetings and other events,
educating attendees about the greenhouse gas emissions generated by waste
decomposing in landfills.

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VERY LARGE BUSINESS and CLIMATE:
General Motors Corporation
General Motors Corporation (GM) incor-
porates waste reduction into every aspect of
automobile production, reducing greenhouse
gas emissions. For example, the company
uses higher strength steel grades to reduce
automobile mass and improve fuel economy.
In 2002, GM U.S. employees prevented
more than 3,000 tons of waste and recycled
more than 2 million tons of materials,
reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4.3
million metric tons of carbon equivalent.

LARGE BUSINESS: Pitney Bowes Inc.
In addition to engineering mailing and doc-
ument technologies, Pitney Bowes Inc.
protects the environment by developing
innovative waste reduction strategies. In
2002, the company prevented more  than
3,400 pounds of paper waste by asking
employees to view their pay stubs on a
secure Web site and completing requisitions
electronically. The company also incorpo-
rated waste prevention into the manufac-
turing process, creating new parts from
MID-SIZE BUSINESS: NEC Electronics
America, Inc.—Roseville Facility
In 2002, NEC Electronics America, Inc.
(NECELAM) reduced waste by 6 percent at
its Roseville Facility. The company attrib-
utes this impressive accomplishment to its
employees, who reused more than 21 tons of
equipment and recycled nearly 300 tons of
materials. NEC uses an Environmental
Health &  Safety Intranet site to communi-
cate waste reduction goals to employees.
The site lists contact information for recy-
cling personnel, identifies recycling drop-off
sites, provides waste prevention ideas, and
highlights company progress.

SMALL BUSINESS:
Aaron's Bicycle Repair
The waste reduction atmosphere at Aaron's
Bicycle Repair is contagious. In 2002, this
small shop employed innovative waste
reduction techniques to reduce its waste by
10 percent. Company employees refused to
purchase products with excessive packaging,
                                           prevented paper waste by paying bills online
                                           bike gears. Aaron's Bicycle Repair created a
                                           Web site  to edu-
                                           cate customers about these practices and
                                           encourage them to become environmental
                                           CHALLENGE: Panasonic
                                           With public concern growing about the
                                           potential environmental impacts of discard-
                                           ed electronics, Panasonic is leading efforts to
                                           infrastructure for used electronic products.
                                           In 2002, the company sponsored programs
                                           that collected more than 1,500 tons of used
                                           electronic equipment at more than 100 loca-
                                           tions. In addition, Panasonic partnered with
                                           an electronics recycler and one of its suppli-
                                           ers to manufacture televisions with cathode
                                           consumer recycled content glass.
                                           NON-PROFIT: United Way of America
                                           In addition to serving communities' needs
                                           across the country, United Way of America
                                           through diligent waste reduction activities
                                           and continuous education efforts. In 2002,
                                           United Way developed a Waste Wise Web
                                           page, placed recycling signs throughout the
                                           office, integrated an "Environmentally
                                           Friendly Work Environment" into new
                                           employee training, and prevented more than
                                           7,500 pounds of paper waste by moving cat-
                                           alogues, confirmations, and member surveys
                                           online. United Way also made a significant
                                           change to their procurement practices by
                                           purchasing and using recycled content office
                                           paper (30% post-consumer) and encourag-
                                           ing local United Ways to follow suit.

                                           FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: U.S. Postal
                                           Service—Northeast Area
                                           The U.S. Postal Service—Northeast
                                           Area, demonstrates a fierce commitment to
                                           pollution prevention and Waste Wise ideals,
                                           resulting in constant improvement and inno-
                                           vation. In 2002, the organization completed
                                           the release of environmental compliance
                                           guidebooks to all 3,200 postmasters in the
                                           waste reduction and buying recycled, and

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expanded its lamp recycling programs. In
addition, postal service workers reused ship-
ping boxes up to five times, preventing tons
of corrugated cardboard from reaching land-
fills. The organization also avoided more
than $2.6 million in annual landfill disposal
costs through its recycling programs.

STATE GOVERNMENT and ENDORSER:
South  Carolina Department of
Health and Environmental Control
It is exciting to encounter an institution as
committed to practicing what it preaches as
the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control (DHEC).
As a Waste Wise partner and endorser,  the
department implements many waste reduc-
tion activities internally as a backdrop to a
cadre of outreach activities, workshops, and
presentations. In 2002, DHEC incorporated
Waste Wise into its Business Recycling
Assistance Program, hosted a Waste Wise
satellite forum, recycled 331 tons of materi-
als, and purchased 26  percent of total sup-
plies and materials with recycled content.

TRIBAL  GOVERNMENT: Oneida Tribe
of Indians of Wisconsin
The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
strives to impart its environmental ethic to
all tribal members, especially its children.
The tribe implemented a composting pro-
gram at  the Turtle Elementary School in
which children composted cafeteria food
scraps and applied the compost to vegetable
gardens. In addition, the Oneida Tribe  held
a clothing and small household item
exchange,  taught a "Make It Second
Nature" class to help community members
reduce their environmental footprints,  and
provided incentives for vendors to offer
recycling at its annual Pow-Wow.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
King County, Washington
In 2002, as part of a repertoire of activities
that makes the county a national leader
in waste reduction, King County,
Washington chose to renovate 100 solid
waste hauling trailers instead of purchasing
new ones, saving $250,000 in the first year.
The county also reduced waste generation
                                           by nearly 10 percent per employee in
                                           one large county office building, greatly
                                           expanded county "green building" projects,
                                           collected 2,450 tons of materials internally
                                           for recycling, and purchased $2.8 million
                                           worth of recycled paper products.

                                           SCHOOL/SCHOOL DISTRICT:  Desert
                                           Sands Unified School District
                                           Desert Sands Unified School District, a
                                           district of 27 schools located 100 miles east
                                           of Los Angeles, California, integrates serv-
                                           ice-learning opportunities for students into
                                           In 2002, for example, members of a school
                                           environmental club collected abandoned
                                           tires that were scattered in the nearby
                                           desert. The students delivered the tires to
                                           a local company that recycled them. In
                                           addition to implementing a broad recycling
                                           program, the school district provides surplus
                                           items to a sister school in Mexico, uses
                                           recycled tires for playground replacement
                                           lining, and purchases carpeting that is com-
                                                      cled plastic.
                                           COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY:
                                           Youngstown State University
                                           The energy of Youngstown State
                                           University's Support Services (YSU)
                                           waste reduction staff extends beyond the
                                           boundaries of campus into the community
                                           of Youngstown, Ohio. In 2002, YSU donat-
                                           ed more than 6.5 tons of art, theatrical, and
                                           other supplies to schools and non-profit
                                           organizations in the community and also
                                           recruited local companies to join
                                           Waste Wise. In addition, YSU downsized
                                           trash collection  roll-off s by nearly 75 per-
                                           cent by holding a move-out donation drive;
                                           hosted a month-long lecture series and an
                                           Earth Day symposium; and recycled a
                                           mattresses, computers, polystyrene, tires,
                                           and batteries.

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    PROGRAM CHAMPIONS
    Very Large Business:
    Large Business:
    Mid-Size Business:
    Small Business:
    Non-Profit:
    Federal Government:
    State Government:
    Tribal Government:
    Local Government:
    School/School District:
    University/College:
    Challenge:
    Climate:
    Endorser:
    Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
    Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Fisher-Titus Medical Center
    Guardian Industries—Ligonier PL
                            Museum
    Tennessee Department of Environment
    and Conservation

    Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
    Indian Reservation

    Kitsap County, Washington

    Los Angeles Unified School District

    Seattle University

    Genzyme Corporation

    Constellation Energy Group

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
HONORABLE MENTIONS
Very Large Business
Albertsons, Inc.
Target Stores
The Walt Disney
  Company
Verizon
Large Business
Advanced Micro
  Devices, Inc.
Alliant Energy
Battelle
Constellation
Genzyme Corporation
Herman Miller, Inc.
Pepco
Spartech Corporation
Steelcase Inc.
Small Business
Evelyn Hill Inc.
Kessler Consulting, Inc.
The Seydel Companies
Federal Qovernment
Sandia National
 Laboratories
U.S. Government
 Printing Office
State Qovernment
University/College
Miami University
Ohio University
 Facilities Management
University of Virginia
Challenge
                         Novartis Pharmaceuticals
                          Corporation
                         Seattle University
                         Climate
                         Aaron's Bicycle Repair
 Company, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
Pepco
The Seydel Companies
Endorser
City of Clifton, New
 Jersey—Recycling
 Program
Georgia Pollution
 Prevention Assistance
 Division
Rotary Club of Clifton
United Way of America
Utility Solid Waste
 Activities Group

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