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Milliken Wins Industry Recycling Award

MillikenandCo., Spartanburg, S.C., was awarded the Best Industry Program Award from the Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at the 1998 Recycling awards, held recently in Columbia, S.C.Commissioner of South Carolina DHEC Doug Bryant presented the award. Milliken was honored for the adoption of a formal environmental policy in 1990 that established a goal of zero waste. A strong commitment to this goal has resulted in less than 5 percent of Milliken's total domestic waste being sent to landfills. Milliken has worked with customers, suppliers and DHEC to see that 95 percent of its waste goes to applications such as reuse or recycling. In 1998, 43 of Milliken's 55 domestic locations sent zero waste to landfills.The company's Earth Square carpet process renews and restyles old carpet, allowing re-use by the customer, and eliminates tons of old carpet to landfills. The revolutionary process earned the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) first Evergreen Award for sustainable development in 1998. (See "Fiber World News," ATI November 1998.)

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