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WM forms team to reduce Tampa Bay waste

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2008-11-17
Global carton manufacturers Evergreen Packaging, Tetra Pak and Elopak, along with Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), and Dean Foods Company, whose brands include T.G. Lee Dairy®, Horizon Organic® and Silk®, have announced a new recycling initiative to help residents in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties go green and reduce waste. Through this new partnership, and in collaboration with Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WMI), local residents can easily recycle orange juice, milk, soy, broth and other beverage cartons by placing them in their recycling bins as part of their curbside recycling program, at no additional cost.

"Tropicana is dedicated to minimizing its impact on the earth and making it easy for consumers to do their part through recycling and waste reduction initiatives," said Andrew Hartshorn, senior marketing manager, Tropicana Products, Inc. "We applaud Waste Management for leading the charge in expanding carton recycling in the Tampa Bay area and partnering with us to help provide new ways for residents to reduce waste."

Currently, 58 million Americans – about 19 percent of the U.S. population – have access to curbside carton recycling.* In the Tampa Bay area, not all residents have access to carton recycling. However, November 3 this partnership expanded recycling capabilities to allow residents in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties to recycle all beverage containers, including juice, milk, soy and broth cartons.

"We're proud to help make recycling beverage cartons easy for consumers throughout the Tampa Bay area," said Robert Dishman, director for Waste Management Recycle America. "As the largest residential recycler in North America, we're committed to growing recycling in Tampa and throughout the country. Through these programs we expect to triple the amount of recyclables we process from 8 million to 20 million tons by 2020."

Through this expanded recycling initiative, residents can simply place beverage cartons in their recycling bins, and they will be picked up and recycled at no additional charge to consumers.

"We believe partnering with our communities means not just supporting them today, but sustaining them for tomorrow," said Bill Giovanetti, general manager, T.G. Lee Dairy, LLC. "We're proud to provide consumers with this opportunity to get involved and help sustain their community through these increased recycling efforts."

For more information on recycling and how you can get involved, visit Waste Management's Web site, www.wm.com

About Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com

About Tropicana Products, Inc.

Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc., is the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices. Tropicana markets its products in the U.S. under a variety of brand names, including the Tropicana not-from-concentrate line of juices: Dole® juices and juice blends; Tropicana Pure 100 percent Juice Blends; Tropicana® FruitWise™ strips and bars; Tropicana® Juices and Pure Tropics® juices; Tropicana Smoothies™ and Tropicana Twister® juice beverages. The Dole brand name is licensed from Dole Food Company, Inc. For more information about Tropicana, visit Tropicana.com

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and sells its products under a variety of brands. T.G Lee® is part of the Company's DSD Dairy segment and is one of Central Florida's largest dairies. The Company's WhiteWave-Morningstar segment markets and sells a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as Silk® soymilk and cultured soy products, Horizon Organic® milk and other dairy products, International Delight® coffee creamers, LAND O'LAKES® creamers and other fluid dairy products. For more information about Dean Foods, visit deanfoods.com

About Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with customers and suppliers, Tetra Pak provides safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people around the world. With over 20,000 employees and operations in more than 150 countries, Tetra Pak believes in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. It's motto, "PROTECTS WHAT'S GOOD,"™ reflects it's vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapakusa.com

About Evergreen Packaging

Evergreen Packaging is the largest fiber-based beverage packaging company in North America. Evergreen is committed to developing and supplying sustainable packaging by using a renewable, natural resource -- trees -- grown under sustainable forestry practices. Evergreen is dedicated to offering customers quality packaging solutions and technical service. The company is headquartered in Memphis, TN and has multiple locations in North America and around the world.

About Elopak

Elopak is one of the world's leading suppliers of carton packaging systems for liquid food products and develops, manufactures and sells complete systems for packaging of non-carbonated liquid food products. Elopak is well known as supplier of gable top cartons through its Pure-Pak® system and the latest innovation such as Pure-Pak Curve and Slim. As a full systems supplier with organizations and associates in more than 40 countries and customers in over 100 countries, the Norwegian-based Elopak Group seeks to bring its international expertise and product technology to new markets and applications.
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