White House Paper Chase

If it's not recycled, then Washington won't buy it

On the scorecard of environmentalists, Bill Clinton batted .500 during World Series week. Although they were disappointed with the President's voluntary program to curb greenhouse gases, they were delighted with his decree that the ravenous paper-consuming bureaucracies of the U.S. government would start using recycled paper. By the end of 1994, federal agencies and the military are supposed to purchase only paper containing at least 20% recycled fiber, rising to 30% by 1999.

On its own, the action will not solve the paper-trash glut, which makes up 40% of the nation's solid waste. But Uncle Sam buys nearly 300,000 tons of...

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