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Cintas Sets Goal to Recycle 400 tons of Confidential Documents in Honor of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary

Cincinnati, March 31, 2010Cintas Corporation plans to recycle more than 400 tons of confidential documents in honor of Earth Day through a series of free community shred events. Throughout the month of April, Cintas will co-host events with participating organizations across the nation, offering community members and local businesses a means to discard of their confidential documents in a safe and sustainable manner. For every ton of paper recycled, participants will help save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy and 7000 gallons of water.

"This Earth Day, we hope to exceed our goal of recycling 400 tons of confidential documents to promote environmental awareness and save natural resources," said Pamela Coleman, director of supplier diversity & corporate sustainability, Cintas. "We are excited to offer our secure document shredding services across the nation to not only protect the environment, but to protect communities and local businesses from identity theft and data breaches."

For each event, local business and community members are encouraged to bring documents that contain personal information such as their name, Social Security number or financial information, to have it destroyed on a secure Cintas truck by a certified employee. The shredded materials will then be recycled into secondary paper products to reduce waste and impact on the environment. Recycling paper saves water, reduces green house gas emissions and uses 25 percent less energy than manufacturing paper from trees.

Cintas provides cost-effective document shredding, storage and imaging programs. Its services are designed to provide businesses with data privacy and security, compliance with regulatory requirements and greater control and access to information. By partnering with companies that share the same goals in protecting the earth and their communities, Cintas is able to offer its secure document shredding services to community members nationwide.

"We are committed to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources through innovative technologies," said Jamie Samide, director of marketing for Cintas document management. "We are proud to join the worldwide celebration of Earth Day and educate communities about the enormous impact they can have on the environment by simply recycling their confidential documents."

For a list of cities where the events will take place, please visit:

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.


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