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ARAMARK Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency

At its annual conference today in Washington, DC., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded ARAMARK Higher Education, a world leader in providing professional services to more than 600 colleges and universities in North America, with the 2007 WasteWise Endorser of the Year Award. ARAMARK was honored for its support of WasteWises RecycleMania program, a national competition challenging colleges and universities to collect recyclables and raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues.

We are proud to support RecycleMania and to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to environmental stewardship, said Bruce Alperin, Director of Marketing, ARAMARK Higher Education. Our goal is to support our university partners in their environmental mission while also educating students how they can minimize their environmental footprint.

For the past three years, ARAMARK Higher Education has encouraged its college and university partners to participate in the RecycleMania competition and has promoted the competition at these campuses through various initiatives, including Web seminars, collateral and marketing materials, press releases and other external communications.

The 10-week competition capitalizes upon natural rivalries between colleges to provide students with a hands-on activity in waste reduction and recycling. Participating schools report their measurements in pounds recycled per student on a weekly basis. The university that recycles the most waste is awarded the RecycleMania trophy at the end of the 10-week contest.

With ARAMARKs help, in 2007 more than 55 partner campuses participated in RecycleMania, accounting for 27 percent of the total 201 participating campuses. These 55 institutions recycled 8.75 million pounds of waste. The EPA credits the national growth of RecycleMania in part to the increase in ARAMARK client participation. The Endorser of the Year Award recognizes endorsers outstanding efforts to promote the WasteWise program to other organizations and their success in recruiting new partners.

RecycleMania is endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, the National Recycling Coalitions College and University Recycling Council, and the National Wildlife Federations Campus Ecology Program ( ARAMARK is a member of the National Recycling Coalition and committed to identifying environmentally conscious practices that support waste minimization and recycling at all of its locations around the world.

About ARAMARK Higher Education

ARAMARK Higher Education is dedicated to excellence in dining, facility, conference center, and stadium and arena services. ARAMARK enhances the living and learning experience and environment for more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America. For more information and a list of our services, visit


ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK has consistently ranked as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts since 1998. The company was also ranked first in its industry in the 2007 FORTUNE 500 survey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 18 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site at


Leanne Scott Brown, 215-238-3584

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