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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-10-09

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The Meade Lexus
Ownership Experience

C4 Largest selection of new and Pre•Owned Certified
Lexus in the state of Michigan

(4) Three year or 100,000 mile warranty on every
Pre-Owned Certified Lexus

a) A select collection of premium pre-owned competitive
makes assembled from Lexus lease returns and
purchased from private parties maintained at all
times

(4 Test drives provided by appointment at your

preferred time and place

Customer lounge offering a selection of coffees,
teas, soft drinks and snacks in addition to
wide-screen television and WI-FI connectivity

% Express early morning drop off and evening pick up

C4) Complimentary Lexus loaner vehicles with pick up
and delivery available

(4) Car wash provided with service

C4)24/7 Lexus Roadside Assistance Service provided

(4 Michigan's only full-service Lexus Collision Center

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28300 Northwestern Hwy,
Southfield, Ml

(248) 372-7100
wwwiexusolsouthfield.com

October 9 m 2008

Customer Take

Walker Printery, Inc., of Oak Park
is both a supplier and customer of
GLR. The 84-year-old firm prints
thousands of business forms a year
for GLR and also drops off waste
paper, plastics and scrap metal.
"We've been doing business with
them for 15 years and it's a great
operation; the Rosens are a wonder-
ful family:' said Steve Traison of
West Bloomfield, vice president of
Walker. "It's a pleasure to work with
such an honest company."
GLR's six buildings include the
corporate office, two buildings for
metals, and one each for electronics,

paper, and foam and plastic. Huge
pieces of equipment, like a Sweed
chopper, which is a heavy-duty
granulator that rips through plastic
materials, and a wire chopper, grind
cables and dry-separate copper or
aluminum from plastic or rubber.
"The machines are soundproofed
and equipped with a dust-collection
system, keeping dust emissions from
getting into the environment:' Dr.
Rosen pointed out.
"I know our grandfather, Henry,
would have been proud of our
expansion program that includes
acquiring a recycling plant in North
Tonawanda, N.Y., a new facility
in Flint Township, and building a
state-of-the art structure in Huron
Township:' said Bischer. "The latter
will allow us to double our capac-
ity for single-stream recycling. It
also will have a tour mezzanine for
school groups and others to learn
how important recycling is to the
environment."
Other features of GLR Recycling's
operation include stringent safety
measures, with a full-time safety
and security director; Dale Carnegie
courses that enhance self-improve-
ment for employees; volunteer clean-
up efforts by employees who helped
de-litter parts of Goesbeck Highway;
and a quarterly employee newsletter,
Recycling Matters.
"GLR Recycling is the most honor-
able company we do business with:'
said David Kaufman, president of
United Plastics of Flint, which has
been in business for 32 years and
has been working with GLR for 15
years. United, a plastics processor,
picks up close to 3 million pounds
of scrap plastics a year from GLR
for recycling and sale as plastic raw
materials to companies around the
world. ❑

What's In Your Trash Can?

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Neisner Brothers department stores
and many other well-known Detroit
businesses. We then sold the materi-
als to the larger scrap yards."
GLR's most popular area is the
Recycling Zone, a public drop-off
center for residential and office
recycling, which accepts most types
of consumer and office recyclable
materials, including paper, card-
board, plastics and metal. In some
cases, GLR even will pay cash for
large quantities of various materials.
"We let people turn some of that
old stuff in the garage or basement
into cash:' said Jim DeMarco of
Clarkston, head of marketing and
new business development.
In general, acceptable items
include newspapers, magazines,
catalogues, phone books, computers,
laptops, copiers, fax machines, CD
players, cell phones, circuit boards,
copper tubing, air conditioning
compressors, radiators, fans, trans-
missions, auto scrap, lawn mow-
ers, snow blowers, gutters and roof
vents, sinks, pots and pans, carpet
padding, all types of plastic materi-
als and, probably most importantly,
junk mail.

Recycling conserves natural resources, helps prevent overcrowding of
landfills and protects the environment, say members of the Rosen fam-
ily who operate GLR Recycling Solutions. They say residents should look
inside their trash cans to see how much of the contents should actually
be recycled, and they should keep a recycle bin in their homes — where
they can see it so they won't forget to use it. Recycling efforts in the
United States have grown seven percent in the past five years.
Contents of a typical trash can are: 35 percent organic; 30 percent
paper; 12 percent construction materials; 9 percent plastics; 6 percent
metal; 3 percent glass and 5 percent miscellaneous materials.

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