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October 5, 2001

Alabama Firm Invests Over $1 Billion in New MSW Recycling Plants for U.S and International Markets

Recycling Partners Incorporated(Mobile, Ala.) is conducting market studies for the construction of 40 to 70 MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) recycling plants for the United States and international markets such as Europe and Asia. These new plants will have the technology and potential to recycle up to 98% of the incoming waste providing a viable alternative to landfills. RPI is negotiating with a company in Alabama to conduct all preliminary studies, including economic evaluations and detailed design. Among the first states being considered for building a new plant are Florida and Louisiana, as the average ground level in these states is only seven feet above sea level, and making recycling a more attractive option than land filling. Each plant could process an average of 200 to 2,000 tons per day of MSW, depending on the size of the communities and demand. Construction costs could range from $5 million for the smaller plants to $20 million for the larger scale plants.

Arkansas is being evaluated for the largest of the proposed plants with an estimated total cost of approximately $750 million and a potential processing capacity of 40-50,000 tons per day of MSW coming on-line in increments of 5,000 tons per day.

With an average cost of $4 a ton to bury waste, a landfill can operate at approximately a quarter of the cost of a MSW recycling plant, which processes waste at a cost of up to $22 a ton. RPI plans to recover the cost difference by remanufacturing products such as cellulose fibers, in a process known as post process manufacturing. Ethanol production may also be in the future for RPI as they pursue technologies to produce ethanol for as little as $0.34 cents a gallon using waste products from the recycling plants.

Recycling Partners, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, was formed in 2000 after splitting from its parent company Recycling Environmental Services Incorporated (RESI). Recycling Partners will be responsible for building, managing and operating each new plant.

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