Sodexo and Easter Seals Expand Their Recycling Partnership

May 10, 2010

Sodexo to donate technology recyclables to help rural communities

Sodexo and Easter Seals Expand Their Recycling Partnership

GAITHERSBURG, MD, May 10, 2010 — With environmental issues now top-of-mind among American consumers, Sodexo, the leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions, is working with Easter Seals, a leading non-profit disabilities services provider, to expand its recycling efforts. Sodexo’s recycling has an added benefit – it raises funds to help farmers and ranchers with disabilities served by Easter Seals.

"As one of the nation's largest food service providers, we know the pivotal role farming plays in our business," said George Chavel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexo North America. "Our business starts with the farmer."

For the past few years, Sodexo headquarters and several of its offices nationwide have participated in this recycling program, helping over 30 farmers in 10 states, providing grants for farmers and ranchers served through Easter Seals Rural Solutions programs. Sodexo office locations host drop-off boxes where employees and friends can turn in used electronics and office supplies to be recycled by  Cartridges for Kids and Intechra, companies which adhere to environmentally conscious recycling practices. And, for the items that have been recycled, a financial contribution is made to Easter Seals Rural Solutions Grant program – to offer support to farmers and ranchers living with a debilitating illness or a disability. These financial awards provide assistive technology solutions, such as swivel tractor seats, automatic barn doors and grab bars for farm equipment – all tools to enable many farmers and ranchers to continue to work on their farms. 

"We thank Sodexo for their assistance in helping farmers and ranchers stay independent," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "Each year, we help hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with disabilities succeed in their work and community life, and supporting this effort is critical to rural communities."

In addition to helping farmers, this recycling initiative has resulted, over the past 2 years, in the removal of over 27 tons of e-waste from the solid waste stream and greenhouse reductions equal to removing 47 cars a year from the road. 

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org) is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

Easter Seals
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com or www.actforautism.org.

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