PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 9, 2016) – Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), and 71 of its higher education partners recycled more than 15.2 million pounds of waste in the 2016 RecycleMania competition, an annual competition for college and university recycling programs, aimed at promoting waste reduction on campuses.
Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, collaborates with its higher education clients each year, as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, with waste minimization efforts being a major focus. RecycleMania provides an opportunity for Aramark and its partners to celebrate their progress in minimizing waste, and recognize the accomplishments of the colleges and universities that participate.
“RecycleMania is just one example of our environmental sustainability commitment, and our approach to providing clients with solutions that enrich and support the natural environment,” said Rita Alison, who leads environmental sustainability for Aramark’s Higher Education business. “We are proud to partner with our clients on our shared commitment to reduce waste and minimize our environmental impact.”
In 2016, nearly 350 higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada participated in RecycleMania, now in its 16th year. Over an eight-week period, the colleges and universities reported the amount of recycling and trash collected each week, and then are ranked in various categories. With each week’s ranking, participating schools use the results to rally students and others on campus, to reduce their waste and recycle more.
Recycling not only preserves natural resources but also uses less energy than creating new products from raw materials, Alison noted. According to the RecycleMania 2016 results, the 15.2 million pounds of waste recycled by Aramark campus partners has an impact comparable to taking 4,324 cars off the road for a year. In addition, that recycled waste was also comparable to saving the annual energy consumption of 1,911 households.
Aramark dining and facilities management teams support their higher education clients throughout the competition, engaging students and others on campus with tools and programs that helps to increase recycling rates during RecycleMania and beyond.
Each year, Aramark partners with more than 600 North American schools to develop innovative environmental sustainability programs that address environmental issues that are most material to our business, including responsible purchasing practices, energy and water conservation waste minimization and transportation management as part of its commitment to continuously improve environmental practices for Aramark and its clients.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. We deliver innovative experiences and services in food, facilities management and uniforms to millions of people every day. We strive to create a better world by making a positive impact on people and the planet, including commitments to engage our employees; empower healthy consumers; build local communities; source ethically, inclusively and responsibly; operate efficiently and reduce waste. Aramark is recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQ+), DiversityInc, Equal Employment Publications and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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