In honor of America Recycles Day, celebrated annually on Nov. 15, Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today announced it shredded and recycled one million pounds of paper collected during Navy Federal October “SHRED-eral” events held on Oct. 13 and National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) events held Oct. 20-27. The overall total resulted in more than 12,000 trees being saved. “Shredding documents is a critical step consumers should take to protect their confidential information, but it is also a great way to reduce our environmental impact,” said Jamie Samide, Senior Marketing Director of Cintas Document Management. “Recycling paper saves water, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and uses approximately 25 percent less energy than manufacturing paper from trees.” PYIW and Navy Federal participants around the country brought sensitive documents to local events, which were shredded using the Cintas SmartShred™ process. With this system, paper is collected and securely destroyed using one of Cintas’ mobile shredding trucks. Once shredded, the paper is delivered to a paper mill where the shredded paper is turned into pulp and manufactured into secondary paper products. The total savings from these events, according to Environmental Paper Network’s calculator, included:
- 10,888 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) – enough energy to power approximately 120 homes per year
- 1.76 million pounds of carbon dioxide – the equivalent to what 160 cars emit per year
- 5.8 million gallons of water – enough water to fill about nine Olympic-sized swimming pools
For more information about Cintas document management services, visit www.cintas.com/documentmanagement.About Cintas Corporation: Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. About Navy Federal Credit Union: Navy Federal Credit Union is the world’s largest credit union with $50 billion in assets, four million members, 225 branches, and a workforce of over 10,000 employees worldwide. The credit union serves all Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families. For additional information about Navy Federal, visit www.navyfederal.org.