‘Green Giving’: Cintas Recycles for Charity
Matthew 25: Ministries, a charitable group based in Cincinnati, recently recognized Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, through its “Green Giving” program. This initiative honors top companies that, “represent the pinnacle of responsible corporate environmental stewardship” through their donations of thousands of pounds of repurposed goods, such as used uniforms. These items are diverted from landfills for use by people in need in the United States and around the world, according to a news release.
“Commercial and industrial waste is a significant portion of solid waste,” the release said. “American industrial facilities generate and dispose of approximately 7.6 billion tons of industrial solid waste each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Reducing, reusing, recycling and repurposing excess products can have an enormous impact on our environment. With the help of donors like Cintas Corp., Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses more than 15 million lbs. of these corporate excess products each year.”
The release added that recycled products from donors like Cintas impacted the lives of 20 million people worldwide in 2015.
The Green Giving program recognizes companies that meet the following criteria:
- Donate product to the agency multiple times per year
- Donate a significant amount of product, based on company size, location and capacity
- Demonstrate an overall commitment to minimizing corporate waste
- Demonstrate outstanding corporate citizenship by repurposing corporate excess for humanitarian work
The agency also honors smaller companies dubbed “Extra Miler Corporations,” that donate a reduced volume of goods to the agency, but make an extra effort to ensure that Matthew 25: Ministries gets the maximum donation that the company has to offer.