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Unilever Recycling Program Helps Parks

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RAEFORD — If you do not think recycling can make a difference, think again. It certainly doesat Unilever.

Unilever normally produces and packs home products for everyday use, but they alsobuild benches made out of recycled plastic from their company's detergent containers.

"Recycling helps our environment," explains a Unilever worker as she helps to assemblea park bench.

And it helps our national parks. The visitor benches made by Unilever employees areheaded to The Fort Sumter National Monument in CharlestonSouth Carolina. They not only save the park service money, but valuable resourcesas well.

"If we keep taking and taking there isn't going to be anything left for our future generations as we talk about so often in the park service," says Fort Sumter Chief Park Ranger Fran Norton.

Unilever has been a partner of the National Park Foundation for seven years.

Through their recycling at work efforts, they have donated more than 10 million dollarsin benches, boardwalks and bridges.

"The savings for us as a company and the environment in general is several hundred thousand dollars a year," says Plant Manager Steve Kullberg.

For several employees volunteering on their day off is worth a day for the parks.

"I think the first thing is [to] lead by example. If someone starts it will be a fever that will catch on," saysUnilever employee Evan Davenport.

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