updated 5/11/2011 12:18:46 PM ET 2011-05-11T16:18:46

WATTS, Okla., May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:AERT) announced that a groundbreaking will be held for a new industrial access road that will be built in Adair County, Oklahoma near the Town of Watts on May 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. The new industrial access road will provide service to the new plastic reclamation plant built by AERT and opened in 2010, as well as residents, farms, and other businesses in the area. The Adair County Board of Commissioners is constructing the new road with funding provided by the U.S. Economic Development Agency, Eastern Oklahoma Development District, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Cherokee Nation.

The public is invited to participate in the groundbreaking. The location for and the directions to the groundbreaking is approximately one mile north of the Town of Watts on U.S. Highway 59 and one-quarter mile west of U.S. Highway 59 on Cemetery Road.

AERT, Inc. constructed its new plastic reclamation plant in 2009 and began operating it in 2010. The plant reclaims recycled polyethylene that is then used to manufacture composite building products at AERT's extrusion plants in Springdale, Arkansas. Going forward, in addition to composite raw materials, the plant will manufacture high grade resin that will be used as a virgin resin substitute by plastic molders making a variety of products. Recycling has been shown to conserve significant amounts of energy and reduce environmental impacts when compared to virgin material use.

"We at AERT are sincerely appreciative of the support from our friends in Oklahoma as we move forward to further expand our Green Age Plastic Recycling Facility here in Watts, (Green Country) Oklahoma," stated Joe G. Brooks, AERT CEO.

About Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.

Since 1989, AERT (OTCBB:AERT) has pioneered the use of recycled polyethylene plastic in the manufacture of composite building materials. With its constantly evolving portfolio of patented and proprietary recycling technologies, AERT has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation innovation, and received the EPA Award for Environmental Excellence for its process of converting scrap plastic to composite outdoor decking. The company recently received an ESGR Patriot Award for its support of our Guard and Reserve Units in the U. S. Armed Forces. AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components. The Company is the exclusive manufacturer of ChoiceDek(r) decking, which is available in multiple colors and is sold in Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide. See http://www.choicedek.com for more information. AERT's MoistureShield(r) decking program is expanding and products are now available throughout the U.S. See http://www.moistureshield.com for product information or to find a regional distributor or dealer. AERT operates manufacturing facilities in Springdale and Lowell, Arkansas and recently commenced operations at its Green Age recycling facility in Watts, Oklahoma. Investors can access real-time stock quotes and information at http://www.otcmarkets.com. For more information on the Company, visit http://www.aertinc.com. Sign up to receive investor information, including press releases, via email by visiting http://aert.com/ir/PressReleaseOptIn.aspx.

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Certain statements in this news release regarding projected results of operations, or, projected results of financial plans or future strategies and initiatives, including, but not limited to, projections of revenue, projections of profitability, any and all future expectation, and plans for future activities, may and should be regarded as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements involve, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause AERT, Inc.'s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. AERT currently is considering, but may or may not in the future, implement any or all of the items and issues listed in any planned budget or strategic initiative, due to, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors.

AERT, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, change in strategy, or otherwise. The above-mentioned listing of risks and uncertainties is not inclusive. For a more detailed discussion of some, but not all, of the risks and uncertainties that may affect AERT, Inc., see AERT, Inc.'s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

         Sarah Pore

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