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ARAMARK Helps Increase Participation in RecycleMania 2008 Recycling Competition

ARAMARK Higher Education announced today that its client participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) WasteWise RecycleMania 2008 program, an annual recycling competition among colleges and universities nationwide, has more than doubled. As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship, ARAMARK actively encourages and facilitates client participation in RecycleMania through a series of promotional initiatives, such as national web seminars, marketing programs and campus events. ARAMARK Higher Education clients now account for 142 of the 395 total schools participating in RecycleMania 2008 -- a 158 percent increase over last years participation.

RecycleMania 2008 is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period (January 27 April5, 2008), campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. In 2007, RecycleMania accounted for 41.3 million pounds of recyclables.

We are proud to support and participate in RecycleMania, said Chris Stemen, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship, ARAMARK Higher Education. The substantial increase in participation among our client partners signifies our joint commitment to recycling, waste reduction and environmental stewardship.

On hundreds of campuses throughout North America, ARAMARK Higher Education has implemented programs and initiatives focused on ecology, conservation and environmental stewardship to teach students the value of protecting the earth. In 2007, the Company received the EPA WasteWise Endorser of the Year Award for its support of RecycleMania. The award recognizes organizations for extraordinary efforts to reduce waste.

RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and is coordinated as a project of NRCs College and University Recycling Council (CURC).

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 250,000 employees serving clients in 19 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site,


David Gargione, 215-238-3559

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