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Aramark to Reduce Single-Use Disposable Plastics Across Global Operations by 2022

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, today announced a commitment to significantly reduce single-use disposable plastics, across its global food service operations, by 2022. Single-use plastic items include straws, stirrers, bags, cutlery and various packaging materials. Aramark will implement actions across the 19 countries where it serves 2 billion meals annually in schools and workplaces, sports and leisure venues, hospitals and other locations.

Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastics are leaked into the world’s oceans. According to a recent Aramark consumer survey*, the majority (60%) of respondents are concerned with the overuse of plastic and nearly 80% are trying to reduce personal consumption by recycling and reusing plastic bottles and bags. The primary environmental concern is the impact on marine life and oceans.

“Aramark shares our guests’ passion to protect and preserve our oceans. Today’s announcement provides an opportunity to make meaningful achievements in minimizing our environmental impact, while continuing to deliver experiences that enrich and nourish lives,” said Eric Foss, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By working hand-in-hand with our customers and consumers, we can make significant progress in limiting the consumption of single-use plastics, reducing waste before it happens, and creating a healthier planet.”

Today’s announcement is part of a holistic strategy to address single-use plastics overall, starting with the most visible category of straws and stirrers, offering reusable products, encouraging consumers to join in, and looking ahead at design and innovation.

The company’s single-use plastic reduction strategy includes:

1) Phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers, and offering eco-friendly alternatives, where possible, starting September, 2018. This will result in a 60% decrease in plastic straws by 2020, or nearly 100 million fewer straws annually in the U.S., enough to stretch halfway around the world if placed end to end.

2) Prioritizing additional categories to drive reduction of all single-use plastics, such as bags and cutlery.

3) Expanding offerings of reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, take out containers and bags.

4) Partnering with our suppliers and national brands to reduce packaging through design and innovation.

5) Educating and enabling consumers to eliminate or reduce single-use plastics.

6) Reporting on our progress and challenges to ensure transparency and continuous improvement.

Despite concern for the environment, consumers recognize that special circumstances require continued, but decreased, use of plastic straws by individuals with special needs and hospital patients. Aramark will continue to make smaller quantities available upon request, and will also offer eco-friendly alternatives, in select locations.

Aramark is aiming for plastic straw and stirrer reduction, with measurable improvement, targeting:

• 100% elimination in national parks, higher education residential dining and select business dining locations, representing hundreds of client locations.

• 30% to 60% reduction across hundreds of K-12 schools, sports venues and healthcare facilities, and nearly 60% reduction in Canadian operations.

The company is also launching a “Sip Smarter” consumer marketing campaign to raise awareness, inform consumers and drive change. The campaign is designed to complement the operational actions with messaging that will help to minimize plastic consumption. Signs will be included in operational merchandising to alert customers about the changes, where they can still find straws upon request and ways they can reduce personal consumption of single-use plastics.

Aramark’s size and reach provide an opportunity to minimize environmental impact in thousands of locations and communities, across the globe, and help conserve the health of the world’s oceans. The company joined the United Nations Environment Programme campaign #CleanSeas, to reduce single-use plastics by 2022, and partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, to source responsible fresh and frozen finfish and shellfish.

To learn more about Green Thread, Aramark’s commitment to environmental sustainability, visit www.aramark.com/responsibility.

Read the full press release here.

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Three Ways to Score Savings with Your Waste Program

By Guest Author, Energy Manager Today

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

We’re glued to the NBA finals. Baseball season is in full swing. But, I want to bring us back to an unprecedented win from football season. Amongst the hype, one story continues to impact us long after the final whistle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots: a collaboration to achieve a zero waste game at US Bank Stadium. Rush2Recycle aimed to recover more than 90% of the waste generated during the game and to send the remaining 10% to a waste-to-energy incineration plant.

The project leveraged:

• Three-bin collection systems for trash, recycling and composting
• Compostable service-ware, including cups, trays, straws and utensils
• Ambassadors to guide fans on disposal
• Hand-sorting the waste stream behind-the-scenes to recover what the public missed

When US Bank Stadium, Pepsi Co, Aramark, and the NFL announced the final score, Rush2Recycle had successfully recovered 91% of all gameday garbage. Nearly 63 tons (enough to fill 4,500 bathtubs) of the 69 tons were recycled or donated for reuse (62%) and composted (29%). This high-profile project demonstrated what we can achieve with creativity, cooperation, and a little innovation. If a stadium full of almost 70,000 intensely focused fans of mixed allegiance, hailing from all 50 states can strive for zero waste, so can your business.

And, what better time to start than now?

Whether you’re motivated by committing to sustainability, complying with increasing state and local legislation, or streamlining pickups and saving money, here’s what you need to know in 2018 to score waste savings for your company:

Read the full article here.

Going, Going Green: Recycle Track Systems, Washington Nationals Team Up To Reduce Gameday Waste

Press Release

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New York, New York – (June 4, 2018) Recycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS), an environmentally-focused waste and recycling management company, announced today a multi-year partnership with Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, to implement initiatives to reduce stadium waste, generated by the estimated three million annual visitors. The sustainability plan will combine recycling, food-waste composting, educational material and staff training to increase the amount of materials diverted from landfill disposal.

As part of the multi-layered waste reduction program, RTS will leverage their innovative tracking capabilities to effectively measure the stadium’s sustainability practices with the goal to reduce waste stream contamination as well as increase operational efficiencies. This includes technology that ensures recyclables and organics are being properly distributed to the designated facility, as well as data on diversion rates.

“The Nationals have been at the forefront of sustainability as the first MLB stadium to receive LEED certification,” said Greg Lettieri, Co-Founder and CEO of Recycle Track Systems. “RTS is thrilled to collaborate with Nationals Park and champion waste management and recycling solutions which will lead to a greener impact for many years to come.”

As a sponsor of the Nationals, RTS will receive in-park digital and permanent signage, including signage within the Nationals bullpen. Additionally, RTS will receive branding on all waste receptacles and will create an educational pre-game video, encouraging fans to develop better recycling and composting habits.

“We have worked hard from the very beginning to make Nationals Park an environmentally responsible member of the D.C. community,” said Alan H. Gottlieb, Chief Operating Officer, Lerner Sports. “Our collaboration with RTS will enhance the visibility of our sustainability efforts and provide concrete ways for our fans to support these initiatives.”

This is the fourth sports venue RTS has partnered with including Barclays Center, Citi Field and the soon-to-be completed Audi Field, home to D.C. United.

At this year’s Winter Classic, RTS worked with the NHL and Citi Field, where the game was played, to divert from a landfill nearly 18,000 square feet of wood used to construct the hockey rink as well as rolls of un-used synthetic snow. Working with local resources, RTS successfully donated the material to New York Material for the Arts (MAFTA) where it continues to live on in the community.

About Recycle Track Systems
Recycle Track Systems, Inc. is pioneering a better way to manage waste and recycling. RTS combines technology with high-touch service to make waste disposal easier, smarter and more responsible. From on-demand removal to fully integrated waste management solutions, RTS helps companies easily track and optimize their pickups. Using data insight, RTS empowers companies with visibility into their waste habits and tangible figures on their impact to improve their waste and recycling practices. RTS is a certified B-Corporation, reflecting its dedication and commitment to meeting stringent standards of environmental transparency and performance.

Read full article here.

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