Spear Receives TLMI Environmental Leadership Award

Spear has been recognized with the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute at the annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The Environmental Leadership Award annually recognizes the TLMI member company that has consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction, recycling, waste and energy recovery, clean process technology and the implementation of an education program. TLMI established the Environmental Leadership Award in 2003 as a leading environmental benchmark for its over 300 member companies to strive towards.

SpearEARTH is the company's corporate environmental program that develops and quantifies Spear's environmental activities that led to receiving this award. Program highlights over the last year include:

· A reduction of 5,000,000 annual land-fill pounds through thin film development

· Liner and matrix recycling programs that eliminate over 13,500,000 land-fill pounds annually

· Solvent recovery and supply programs that allow Spear to reclaim more than 3,500,000 pounds of solvent and vertically integrate 95% of total usage

· Total carbon emission savings of 9,250 tCO2 annually through energy reduction and process improvement programs
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