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November 2006

Fire damaged recycling facility reopens with ceremony

Waste Management, Inc. and its subsidiary, WM Recycle America, joined local officials and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) to formally reopen the company’s single-stream municipal recycling facility in Liverpool, New York.

Waste Management invested $11 million to rebuild the facility which had been severely damaged by a fire in April of 2005.

This facility supports residential and commercial recycling in Onondaga County, including the city of Syracuse, as well as other communities throughout Central New York.

With 94,000 square feet of production space and the ability to process up to 20 tons of recyclables per hour, the Liverpool facility is the largest single-stream recycling operation in New York State.

Attending the October ribbon-cutting ceremony were Onondaga County executive Nicholas Pirro, OCRRA executive director Tom Rhoads, WM Recycle America president Patrick DeRueda, and Waste Management senior vice president Jim Trevathan.

By making the process of handling recyclables easier, WM’s single-stream recycling facility has the potential to increase the already high rate of participation in recycling by Onondaga County residents and businesses, which currently approaches 70 percent.

“This multi-million dollar investment exemplifies Waste Management’s leadership as North America’s largest recycler in offering communities and businesses the most effective and affordable recycling options,” said Patrick DeRueda, president, WM Recycle America.

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