Electronics recycling made easy

October 08, 2004

Port Washington, WI (October 7, 2004) - the Electronics Recycling Division of Onyx Environmental Services officially launched OnyxPakTM today in the face of growing concerns over accumulation of mercury in the environment, regulations pertaining to the disposal of lighting and electronic waste, and concerns over compliance with changing regulations.

"The federal government and all 50 states have enacted regulations that govern the proper management of lighting and electronic waste such as fluorescent lamps, batteries and thermostats, stated John McShane, Regional General Manager at Onyx. "These items may contain hazardous waste, such as mercury and can contaminate our environment if improperly disposed. Failure to comply with regulations regarding the disposal of these items, puts companies at risk", continued McShane.

OnyxPakTM was designed by operations, health and safety, and sales managers as a means to offer a convenient, prepaid cost-effective recycling system. All OnyxPakTM boxes, pails and fiber drums are UN certified and approved for safe transportation of fluorescent lamps, TSCA-exempt PCB and non-PCB lamp ballast, dry cell batteries, mercury thermostats, dental amalgam waste, computer electronics and CRTs.

"As the largest lamp recycling company in the world, Onyx understands what it takes to offer meaningful indemnification and liability protection", notes Mike Berens, National Sales Manager for Onyx. "For more that 12 years we have been designing custom solutions and protecting customers by managing the risk associated with recycling mercury and hazardous waste. Our OnyxPakTM program is an extension of that and carries the liability protection customer's need when managing the risk of improper disposal", continued Berens.

Onyx sells OnyxPakTM direct to customers as well as through traditional lighting, electrical and specialty distributors. "We work closely with our distributors", stated Mike Berens. "We have been refining our program for a year now, and we believe that what we have today is the best in the industry. OnyxPakTM has been packaged in a manner to minimize handling and shipping costs, while adding value and increasing existing distributor margins", continued Berens. Information regarding OnyxPakTM can be found at www.onyxpak.com.

The Electronics Recycling division of Onyx Environmental Services specializes in the recycling of potentially hazardous and harmful substances contained within lighting and electronics products. Onyx is continually developing effective recycling programs designed to help clients manage waste properly, protect them from future financial liability and ultimately protect the environment. Recycling lighting and electronic waste protects the environment and public health by keeping potentially harmful materials out of the solid waste stream. Onyx offers advanced recycling services of these materials to a broad range of clients, including federal and state agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

Onyx Environmental Services, one of four decentralized business units comprising Onyx North America offers the most comprehensive hazardous waste services in the industry. With over 60 service centers, treatment, recovery and disposal facilities, Onyx offers a broad range of hazardous waste services to customers located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. For more information on the Onyx Environmental Services visit www.onyxes.com.

Onyx North America, a subsidiary of Veolia Environment (NYSE: VE), offers fully-integrated environmental solutions to virtually all industrial, commercial, municipal and residential sectors. Onyx North America's services include: environmental, industrial, solid waste and power.

Husk Jennings Galloway and Robinson

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