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Weyerhaeuser to recycle seed bags in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the 'grass seed capital of the world'
Eurene, Oregon
April 27, 2005


Because most of the world's grass seed is grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley, it only makes sense for Weyerhaeuser's (NYSE: WY) recycling business to initiate a seed bag recycling program for the grass seed industry.

"Providing recycling services in what's widely known as the 'Grass Seed Capital of the World' promotes the healthy growth of two well-established enterprises," said Lorena Young, the company's recycling sourcing representative. "Oregon is widely recognized as the leading producer of grass seed, and Weyerhaeuser is widely recognized as a leading recycler. It was a perfect fit."

Young said the industry uses hundreds of thousands of polypropylene seed bags and bulk bags. She said Weyerhaeuser will work closely with growers, processors, testing labs and brokers to recycle the bags.

Weyerhaeuser operates recycling plants at both ends of the Willamette Valley, one in Eugene and the other in the Portland area. From these strategically located facilities, the company will recycle the grass seed bags.

"We're providing this service to meet a need in the industry where this material was previously being landfilled," Young said. "We want to provide an environmental benefit by keeping the grass seed bags out of public landfills."

According to Young, this is not the first time the grass seed industry has worked with Weyerhaeuser.

"For years, Weyerhaeuser provided grass seed growers with corrugated boxes and liners from our box plants, totes from our SpaceKraft plant in Salem and recycling services from our recycling plants," she said.

In addition to paper products, Weyerhaeuser recycles agricultural fumigation film, plastic film, tote liners, shrink wrap and colored plastic.

For more information about Weyerhaeuser's recycling program, people can contact Young at Weyerhaeuser Recycling, 3425 East 17th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403 or call 541-744-4119.

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2004, sales were $22.7 billion. It has offices or operations in 19 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities.

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