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December 18, 2006 00:00 ET

Suncor Energy supports recycling initiative

2006 Wood Buffalo recycling efforts far surpass 2005 totals

Fort McMurray, Alberta (December 20, 2006) — In the first nine months of 2006, Wood Buffalo residents recycled 44 per cent more material than they did in the 12 months of 2005.

Residents this year have recycled more than 326 tonnes of cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, plastic milk jugs, tin cans and glass from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30. In 2005, Wood Buffalo recycled a total of 227 tonnes of household materials.

"I am delighted with our residents' response to the municipality's recycling program, which encourages families and individuals to get into the habit of recycling," said Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake. "The recycling results show our program of making recycling easier and more convenient for residents is working."

The recycling program is a joint initiative of the municipality and Suncor Energy.

The program includes enhanced recycling depots that feature large, clear signage, new recycling bins and more convenient layout of the depots. The program also includes a comprehensive public awareness program that informs citizens how and where to recycle. The website and RRRibbitt the recycling mascot are part of the program.

In the first three quarters of 2006, residents recycled about 73 tonnes of cardboard, 217 tonnes of paper (newspaper and mixed paper), 16 tonnes of glass, more than 15 tonnes of plastic milk jugs, and five tonnes of tin. This compares with 41 tonnes of cardboard, 180 tonnes of paper, two tonnes of combined plastic milk jugs and tin cans, and an estimated four tonnes of glass in 2005.

"Every contribution of recyclable materials at one of the recycling depots helps the municipality, our community and the environment. Recycling stretches the lifespan of our landfill, makes efficient use of the materials used in the original product and helps keep our environment in good shape," said Heather Kennedy, Suncor Energy's Vice-President of Employee and Community Relations.

In addition to household recyclable materials, the municipality collects other recyclable materials including batteries, propane tanks, CFC units, tires, e-waste, metals (appliances, metal siding, rebar, etc.), concrete and asphalt. The total tonnage of these recycled materials is not included in the above statistics, which reflect household recycled materials only.

For more information on recycling in Wood Buffalo, and for more details on local recycling statistics, check out

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For more information, contact:

Philip Cooper     
Senior Communications Advisor   
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo  

Brenda Erskine
Director of Community Relations
Suncor Energy