Studios tout waste reduction

Hollywood recycling, reducing environmental impact

The major studios collectively diverted 63% of their studio sets and other solid waste, amounting to 40.2 million pounds, from landfills last year in their ongoing efforts to combat climate change and reduce their ecological footprint, according to the Solid Waste Task Force, a joint program of the MPAA and the AMPTP, the two organizations said Wednesday.

As a result, the studios prevented the emission of 33,797 metric tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent to removing 7,315 cars from the road annually.

In addition to reusing and recycling, the studios are also generating nearly 2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy through solar arrays -- enough electricity to power 233 households a year in California.

"The major film studios have much to celebrate this Earth Day," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said. "Our member companies continue to make environmental responsibility a top priority, and their eco-friendly initiatives provide a positive example of sustainability and responsible business practices."
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