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New paper shredding vendor saves green

Posted in NEWS on Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Recently, Vanderbilt University changed confidential paper collecting and shredding vendors to Cintas. The switch allows Vanderbilt to save green by saving money (Cintas costs almost 65 percent less) while helping the environment.

To be more environmentally friendly and lower their costs, Cintas condensed their 5-day routes in Nashville to 4-day routes and installed idle shutoff software on trucks to reduce fuel consumption. The result is that Cintas can provide the same service to Vanderbilt at lower cost and with fewer vehicle emissions impacting the local environment.

“We are committed to purchasing goods and services from manufacturers and suppliers who share our environmental concern and commitment,” said Chuck Nicholas, director of Procurement Services. “Our green purchasing program takes environmental impact into account when making purchasing decisions.”

In addition, the shredded paper is then recycled. In fact, three-quarters of the 1 million pounds of paper recycled at Vanderbilt in 2009 comes from the confidential paper shredding program.

Contact: Bob Peabody, bob.peabody@vanderbilt.edu

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