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October 26, 1999

National Satellite Forum on Recycling to be Telecast to Middlebury College on Nov. 9 -- EPA Interactive Program titled "Buying Recycled: The Real Story About Cost, Availability, and Quality" is Free and Open to the Public

A national satellite forum, "Buying Recycled: The Real Story About Cost, Availability, and Quality," will be telecast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium, in the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). The interactive program is free and open to the public.

Geared toward businesses, governments, schools and other organizations, and designed to offer insights on how to purchase quality and competitively priced recycled products, the forum will feature Chief of Recycling for Maryland Environmental Services Richard Keller, a nationally recognized trainer for the buying of recycled products. Keller, who has conducted over 125 seminars across the nation as well as in Australia, will give suggestions on proven strategies for buying recycled products, and tips on how to review product specifications and testing procedures, how to set up cooperative purchasing, and how to explore the feasibility of closed-loop systems.

A panel of representatives from members of both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program called WasteWise, and the Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA), a partnership of the National Recycling Coalition, will accompany Keller's presentation. Panelists will include Robert Langert, director of public and community affairs for the McDonald's Corporation; Susan McCloskey, president of Office Plan, Inc., which sells high-end recycled office systems furniture; and Eric Nelson, environmental purchasing coordinator for King County, Wash. Langert, McCloskey, and Nelson will discuss their experiences in identifying reasonably priced quality products with recycled content-ranging from commonly used items such as various paper and office products to less frequently purchased items, including construction or remodeling products, retread tires, plastic lumber, and compost. A phone will be available in Dana Auditorium so that viewers from the audience may use the toll-free number to call in questions to Keller, the panelists, and other forum participants.

The event will be presented by the EPA's WasteWise program, and the BRBA.

For more information, contact Middlebury College Environmental Coordinator Amy Seif by phone at (802) 443-5043, or by e-mail at