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FIRST ON 3: New company to handle New Hanover County recycling

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY - Wilmington, N.C. (May 18, 2010) – R3 Environmental is entering into contract negotiations with New Hanover Co. to build an innovative new facility to sort the county’s trash, filter recyclables and convert the remaining organic matter into reusable biomass fuel.

The goals are to eliminate reliance on landfills, reduce the county’s carbon footprint and reduce costs to taxpayers. The process will also eliminate the need for curb side recycling programs and the responsibility of each citizen to separate recyclables in designated bins. All recycling will be performed in one centralized location with greater efficiency than existing curb side practices.

The newly-formed company has Wilmington roots – the managing partners, Dean Byrd, Robin Grathwol and Clayton Gsell, are residents of the area. Gsell serves on the Foundation Board for Cape Fear Community College and Robin sits on the board of the Cape Fear Home Builders Association. R3 Environmental has also partnered with several leading environmental firms and waste and energy manufacturers.

“We’ve spent the past several years traveling the world to research technological solutions and develop best practices to address mounting landfills,” said R3 Environmental manager Dean Byrd. “We’re proud to bring the cleanest and most efficient systems to New Hanover Co., where our own families live, work and play.”

“R3 presents the vision and process the county and its citizens want,” commented Jason Thompson, Chair of the New Hanover Co. Board of Commissioners. “Their system will convert trash into reusable biofuels, cut down on time residents spend sorting recyclables and reduce the emissions and traffic associated with curb side recycling. A greener New Hanover is happening today.”

R3 facilities provide a sustainable process for managing solid waste, reducing carbon footprints by eliminating traditional disposal practices. The process does not require the operation of landfills, but incorporates the mining of existing landfills to reduce emissions and reclaim impacted lands.

About R3 Environmental

R3 utilizes proven advanced conversion technology in fully integrated plants enabling waste to be diverted away from landfills. R3 is dedicated to addressing energy/alternative fuel supply and waste management challenges in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner. In addition to confronting pressing energy supply challenges with renewable fuels from biomass waste, the company provides a long-term sustainable waste disposal solution that substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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New Hanover County

New Hanover County Commissioners need to investigate a little futher...Just how much experience have these three people and their investors had in dealing with garbage and recycling. Food for thought.