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Release Date: 10/21/1999
Contact Information: Lois Grunwald, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1588

     Forum tells the Real Story about Cost, Availability, and Quality
     SAN FRANCISCO -- On November 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a national satellite forum called "Buying Recycled: The Real Story About Cost, Availability, and Quality."  This free, interactive program will provide organizations with insights on purchasing quality, competitively priced recycled products.  Cable television stations are invited to air the live program.

     The forum will feature Richard Keller with Maryland Environmental Service, a national trainer on buying recycled products. Keller has conducted over 125 Buying Recycled seminars.  Viewers will have the opportunity to call in with questions.

     Also featured will be:

     Bob Langert, Director of Public and Community Affairs, McDonalds Corporation  McDonald's is one of the largest purchasers of recycled goods in the country.  McDonalds has integrated environmental criteria in the purchasing process, resulting in a broad range of benefits.

     Eric Nelson, Environmental Purchasing Coordinator, King Co, WA King County is a leader at buying recycled products. The county annually saves more than $500,000 by purchasing more than $2,500,000 in recycled-content and environmentally preferable products.

     Susan McCloskey, President, Office Plan As president of a small remanufacturer of office furniture, Susan worked with her employees and vendors to explore opportunities for buying products with recycled content.
     This satellite program will provide viewers with tips on reviewing  product specifications and testing procedures, identifying cost-competitive quality products with recycled content, setting up cooperative purchasing, and exploring the feasibility of  closed-loop systems.

Satellite Coordinates:

Date:       November 9, 1999
Time:       Test & Tone         10:30 - 11:00am (Eastern)
            Program             11:00 -  1:00pm (Eastern)
Satellite:  *Galaxy 6 C-Band
Transponder:     9
Polarity:   Horizontal
Down Frq.:  3880 MHz
Audio Frq:  6.2 & 6.8
Location:   99 degrees west
Satellite:  Telstar 5 Ku-Band
Transponder:     11
Polarity:   Vertical
Down Frq:   11929.0 MHz
Audio Frq:  6.2 & 6.8
Location:   97 degrees west
Trouble #   202 720-8559
     * Galaxy 6 replaced Galaxy 4 at 99 degrees west.  If you have not updated your satellite
     receiver in the last year and still have Galaxy 4 listed in your satellite receiver, you may have
     to tune in Galaxy 4, transponder 9.  You should see the program there. If you call the trouble
     line, please be at your satellite receiver when you call.