Abitibi Matches Paper-Recycling Receipts for Disaster Relief
Houston, Texas -- Oct. 5 -- Abitibi-Consolidated has announced that all of its Abitibi Paper Retriever customers can choose to donate their October and November paper-recycling receipts to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help rebuild lives and communities after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Abitibi will match each dollar donated by its Abitibi Paper Retriever customers, up to a company-wide total of $25,000.
The Abitibi Paper Retriever is a community recycling program that collects newspapers, magazines, catalogs and mail at more than 15,000 green and yellow recycling bins located in 23 metropolitan areas across the United States and Canada. In addition to diverting paper from landfills, saving energy and creating jobs, the Abitibi Paper Retriever also pays host organizations for all paper collected at their sites.
"After observing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, we immediately began trying to determine how we could help. We received calls from multiple Abitibi Paper Retriever customers who wanted to donate their recycling proceeds to the relief effort," said John Weaver, president and CEO. "We then realized the company has the unique opportunity to offer thousands of groups across Canada and the U.S. the ability to directly assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."
"Because our Recycling Division is based in Houston, we've seen firsthand the human tragedy of these disasters," said Michael Sullivan, Abitibi-Consolidated Recycling Division general manager. "We were moved by the community's overwhelming generosity to support hurricane victims. Using the powerful size and reach of the Abitibi Paper Retriever for such a good cause seemed like the right thing to do."
Abitibi Paper Retriever customers have until Nov. 15 to notify the company of their desire to donate recycling proceeds to assist hurricane victims. To participate, customers can simply log on to PaperRetriever.com and sign up online or get forms to register via fax or mail. Residents of communities served by the Abitibi Paper Retriever can visit the Web site to identify locations participating in this initiative.