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Waste Management's Subsidiary Wins Environmental Award

30 November 2000

Waste Management Inc announced that its wholly owned glass processing subsidiary, Container Recycling Alliance (CRA)., has been awarded a 2000 California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for innovation in glass processing. In cooperation with Saint-Gobain Containers (Ball-Foster Glass Container Company), an international glass manufacturer, CRA recently constructed an automated, optical glass sorting line at its Vernon, Calif., facility that removes ceramic and metal contaminants from color separated clear, brown and green glass. The Vernon facility, the first of its kind in California, sorts and processes approximately 180,000 tons of glass annually. "Waste Management is California's largest recycler of municipal solid waste," said A. Maurice Myers, president and chief executive officer of Waste Management. "The investment we are making in advanced processing technologies will allow us to recover greater volumes of valuable materials from the waste stream, including glass, plastics, paper and electronic components." The new sorting technology also has the ability to convert three-color mixed glass into clean, usable "cullet" (the recycled feedstock that is used to make new glass products). The process fulfills two major goals: increased recovery of glass that would have previously gone to landfills, and a furnace-ready end product that meets stringent quality requirements of both bottling and fiberglass manufacturers. "This project could not have been completed without the participation of Saint-Gobain Containers," said Charles Porta, president of CRA. "We are proud to be part of the team that put together a process to deliver a product that meets their high standards." In addition, the investment in automated sorting equipment helps ensure a market for glass recycling in California. "Making this investment in glass recycling plants allows us to process recyclables at our Material Recovery Facilities more efficiently and assists California in meeting its recycling goals," said Steve Ragiel, vice president of recycling for Waste Management. Waste Management Inc. is its industry's leading provider of comprehensive waste management services. Based in Houston, the Company serves municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential customers throughout North America. CRA is the second largest glass processor in the United States and the largest user of high-tech automated technology in processing glass. CRA's 13 U.S. facilities process more than 800,000 tons of container glass annually. CRA services all major glass container manufacturers.