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EPA Recognizes Sylvin Technologies for Reducing Waste - First business in Lancaster Co. to join national program

Release Date: 10/15/2004
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543 & Joan Schafer, 215-814-5143

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543 & Joan Schafer, 215-814-5143

PHILADELPHIA B In a ceremony today in Denver, Pennsylvania, Donald S. Welsh U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mid-Atlantic regional administrator, recognized Sylvin Technologies, Inc., for being the first business in Lancaster County to enroll in the voluntary national partnership for environmental priorities.

“As a member of the greater Denver community, Sylvin Technologies, Inc., has taken steps to go above and beyond environmental compliance. The business is committed to finding new and innovative ways to reduce pollution while producing a viable product and earning a profit. That=s no small effort,” said Welsh.

The new voluntary program challenges businesses and manufacturers to become more environmentally aware and to adopt a resource conservation ethic that results in less waste, more recycling, and more environmentally sound products.

As a new waste minimization partner, the Sylvin plant has committed to the gradual elimination of lead used to manufacture PVC compounds by providing customers with lead-free alternatives. This change will reduce lead used at the plant by 125,244 pounds for 2004 followed by additional reductions until lead is phased out completely from all of Sylvin’s products by the end of 2006. The semi-rigid PVC and PVC compounds Sylvin produces are used for cable and wire, electrical molding, and construction.

Waste minimization not only means polluting less, it means saving money too. Participating companies throughout America are learning that reducing or eliminating waste can also mean greater production efficiency, an improved image in their community, and increased profits.

EPA created the national partnership for environmental priorities, one of EPA=s family of voluntary partnership programs, to reduce 30 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in our nation=s hazardous waste.

This national program seeks solutions that prevent pollution at the source, by recovering or recycling chemicals, which cannot easily be eliminated or reduced at the source.

EPA=s goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the presence of the 30 priority chemicals in hazardous waste by 50 percent by the year 2005, compared to amounts generated in 1991. For more information about the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, go to: