Bell Atlantic Wins New York Governor's Evironmental Award
Company Honored for Program That Uses Recycled Phone Books
to Make Envelopes
November 24, 1997
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic phone books are now recycled into envelopes
that customers use when they pay their phone bills. This innovative
recycling program has earned the New York State Governor's Waste
Reduction and Recycling Award.
The award is the third environmental honor for Bell Atlantic companies
in the past year. It was presented today by New York Governor George
Pataki to Bob Graham, president, Bell Atlantic Directory Services, in
ceremonies at the governor's office in Albany, N.Y.
"We are honored to be recognized for our environmental efforts," said
Graham. "We are especially proud of our record because we are
minimizing the impact of our products on the environment while
creating a market for our own recycled products. This is an approach,
that if followed by others, could prove to have significant economic
as well as environmental benefits."
The governor's awards recognize outstanding efforts in reducing and
recycling solid wastes that benefit communities and the environment.
Bell Atlantic worked with the U.S. Postal Service, a paper supplier and
an envelope manufacturer to create envelopes made from 100 percent
recycled paper, 50 percent of which comes from old telephone
directories. As one of the largest mailers in New York state, Bell
Atlantic sends more than 96 million recycled envelopes to customers
here each year. Bell Atlantic customers in New York and throughout New
England use these envelopes to pay their phone bills. The company then
recycles the envelopes again. The bill return envelopes represent just
one of a number of potential end uses for old telephone directories
that Bell Atlantic has identified and helped develop over the years.
In addition to the New York governor's award, the governor of Vermont
honored NYNEX (now Bell Atlantic) for this same project late last
year. In October, Bell Atlantic won the Governor's Award for
Environmental Excellence in Pennsylvania for the company's
comprehensive environmental program, including recycling old telephone
Bell Atlantic companies have a history of environmental initiatives:
- In 1992, NYNEX reduced the size of its telephone directories,
resulting in a five percent annual savings on paper for directories.
- In 1994, NYNEX became the first telecommunications company in the
country to print their bills on both sides of the paper, reducing
paper consumption for bills by 32 percent.
- In 1995, NYNEX was recognized by the Environmental Protection
Agency's WasteWi$e Program as one of the top 20 U.S. companies for
waste reduction efforts and also won the New England Council Award
for Excellence in Environmental Management.
- Today, Bell Atlantic has a representative on the statewide steering
committees for America Recycles Day and the Buy Recycled Alliance of
The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and
NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and
entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and
5.8 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are
premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of
directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the
world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.