average American produces 3.5 pounds of garbage every day. This equates
to 1,300 pounds of garbage per year for every man, woman and child in
the U.S. And we're running out of places to put that garbage.
Sodexo is committed to working together with our customers, clients and
manufacturers to reduce that waste and to build a better environment for
ourselves and our future generations. Our most successful
and generous support comes with our national Recycle Mug program. Not
only does use of this mug substantially reduce waste, but every sale of
the mug directly benefits the health of our nation's fish and wildlife
and their respective habitats. We market this Recycle Mug program to colleges
and universities across North America in partnership with the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Recycle Mugs will offer discounted prices for refills of coffee and carbonated
soft drinks to encourage more frequent use and reduce waste. Sodexo will
donate $.15 from the proceeds of every mug sold to the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation. The results have been outstanding. Since the inception
of this program in 1993, more than 800,000 cups have been purchased and
over $200,000.00 presented to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
This money helps support the nonprofit foundation's goals of environmental
education, natural resource management, habitat protection and ecosystem
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation relies upon public and private
support to fund conservation projects. We applaud Sodexo and those
who have purchased the Refill Mug for becoming active partners in our
conservation efforts," said Amos Eno, Executive Director of the Foundation.
"Purchasing a Refill Mug takes just a minute,
but the funds raised through each sale support projects that will preserve
and protect the environment for years to come. Sodexo's Refill Mug program
is an exemplary partnership because it facilitates the involvement of
many individuals in environmental protection and provides the seed money
necessary for conservation projects across the country."
Our Manufacturing Partners
been an active member of industry coalitions which encourage legislators,
manufacturers and consumers to jointly develop rational, not reactionary,
strategies to today's environmental needs. We select our manufacturing
partners watchfully. Fort Howard, our largest contracted supplier of paper,
napkins, tissue and towels, uses recycled fiber exclusively in the manufacturing
process. Mobil Chemical, our primary contracted source for plastic can
liners, uses from 30% to 90% recycled materials in their plastic liners.
Cup, Solo Cup, Amoco, Dart and Mobil all use pre-recycled material in
the manufacture of foam plates, bowls and food containers. Sodexo will
continue to form alliances with business organizations that are ecologically
sound and responsible. We will continue to work with consumer organizations,
governmental agencies and industry groups to implement new strategies
and tactics as they evolve. We will actively participate in the long-range
planning process at the local and national levels to ensure that our environment
and economy are protected for future generations to come.
Environmental Awareness Policy
Environmental Action Program is complex and multifaceted, offering solid
information and tools to make our customers, clients, employees, and
society at large aware of environmental problems and how they can help.
This is a "living
program" with an open-door policy: We will add to, amend, update and
keep our programs current through publications, posters, newsletters
and similar marketing and communication materials. Our program will
be enhanced as new information is discovered and as we hear suggestions
from our customers and clients.The following are key steps we follow
to maximizing the impact we can make with our environmental programs:
- Use a Waste
Stream Audit to identify the key campus opportunities.
- Review the
audit summary with our customers and ask for your direction.
campus support. Develop an action plan to focus on the initial issues.
- Draw together
a task force of interested parties and delegate tasks.
- Meet with
the task force and review progress as necessary.
the objectives of the task force as needed.
You Can Help...
can help us help the environment in a number of ways:
- Take only
the number of napkins you need per meal.
- Take only
one cup for each beverage purchase.
- Use paper
bags for carryout, where provided.
- Join our
Recycle Mug Program or bring your own mug from home for beverage purchases.
aluminum cans throughout campus at the designated recycling stations
as well as at home.
- Dine in
rather than carrying out.
- Get involved
with your school and the Food Service Recycling Program.
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