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Release Date: 02/24/1999
Contact Information: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office, (617-918-1008)

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that J.P. Routhier & Sons Inc. in Littleton, Mass. has been recognized for its environmental achievements. J.P. Routhier & Sons has been selected as a participant in the agency's "Partners for Change" program, which encourages New England businesses and municipalities to explore and implement responsible environmental practices in return for EPA recognition.

EPA is recognizing J.P. Routhier & Sons for sponsoring seminars to educate municipal officials and others involved in civil engineering design in the successful use and application of scrap tire shreds as light weight fill, retaining wall backfill, mulch, landfill cover and other civil engineering applications. In addition to closing the loop on tires, J.P. Routhier recycles and finds re-use alternatives for tire wire, rims and inner tubes. The company employees approximately 50 people.

"J.P. Routhier & Sons is proof positive that a green economy translates into a good economy," said John P. DeVillars, administrator of EPA's New England office. "We hope that others are inspired by businesses who take the initiative to implement environmental improvements while showing that they don't have to sacrifice their bottom line in doing so."

"Partners for Change" is open to any business, municipality or organized group in New England. Small businesses are especially encouraged to apply. To be recognized as a partner, an organization must implement a project or activity that results in a long-term environmentally beneficial change to its daily operations. Such efforts can include waste reduction practices, recycling programs or other efforts that help green the work place.

In return for joining the program, partners receive a certificate, window decal and publicity from the EPA. In addition, partners are featured in a partners-to-partners directory that lists all participating organizations.

To sign up for "Partners for Change," or for more information about the program call 1-800-906-3328. Request the "environmental pocketbook," a resource guide with useful tips on recycling, energy efficiency and waste reduction, as well as phone, e-mail and worldwide web listings of EPA help lines. The pocketbook also includes program requirements and an application.