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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Joe Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: October 2, 1997


Con Edison announced today that it will serve on the national steering committee of the first New York State/America Recycles Day, a nationwide effort to help raise consumer awareness of all aspects of recycling. Through this event, Con Edison is joining organizations across the country in encouraging consumers to complete the recycling loop through the purchase of products and packaging made from recycled materials.

On November 15, when America Recycles Day will be celebrated nationwide, Con Edison will host a series of recycling-related workshops and demonstrations at its Learning Center in Long Island City. Among the activities will be students from the Henry Street Settlement demonstrating how to rebuild bicycles from discarded bike parts; furniture making from recycled materials; family workshops featuring recycled arts and crafts projects for children; and exhibits on various aspects of recycling and recycled products.

"Creativity on the part of businesses in designing products made from reused materials is an important aspect of creating a market for recycled products," said M. Peter Lanahan, Con Edison's vice president of environment, health and safety. "Continued emphasis on concepts such as designing a product for disassembly when its useful life is over will further encourage recycling and support the growing consumer demand for recycled products that are linked to protecting our environment."

People can support New York State/America Recycles Day by pledging to increase their own efforts to recycle and buy recycled. By making a pledge, Americans 18 and older will become eligible to win the "American Green Dream House" in a random drawing. The "American Green Dream House" is a brand- new three-bedroom, two-and-one-half bathroom home constructed for the winner and built primarily with recycled and energy-efficient materials.

Pledge cards will be available to Con Edison customers in the October Customer News enclosed with their monthly utility bill. Consumers can also make pledges via the Internet at or by phoning 1-800-937-1226.

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest investor- owned utilities, with nearly $7 billion in annual revenues and $14 billion in assets. The company provides electric, gas and steam service to three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.


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