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Agua Caliente Band launch recycling program

17 September 2007

PALM SPRINGS, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -– The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and its casino properties, Spa Resort Casino and Agua Caliente Casino, have launched a recycling program that will not only benefit the environment, but also a local animal shelter. The program focuses on the ink cartridges used in printers and copiers throughout the casino, hotel and tribal administration properties. Plastic bins have been set up to collect the used items, which will then be recycled, with proceeds benefiting Animal Samaritans SPCA, a local, non-profit animal shelter. The recycling program will also benefit the environment:

• For every ink or laser toner cartridge that is recycled, two quarts of oil are kept out of landfills.

• The number of ink and laser toner cartridges thrown away in one year is enough to circle the earth.

• It takes 1,000 years for an ink or laser toner cartridge to decompose in a landfill.

• Recycling ink or laser toner cartridges helps to decrease the amount of waste that goes into landfills and helps reduce the amount of toxic chemicals absorbed into the Earth.

Source: Staples.com

The idea for the recycling program came from a team member, who saw opportunity in the dozens of cartridges thrown out each month. David Fendrick, chief operating officer for the Agua Caliente Tribe was pleased to see his team run with the idea. "Our team members have a tremendous sense of community. Whatever we can do to nurture their ideas and give back to our neighbors, we do. It's a 'win-win' for everybody involved."

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