Cintas Corporation Eliminates More Than 17 Million Bottles from the Waste Stream in 2012

  Cintas Corporation Eliminates More Than 17 Million Bottles from the Waste
  Stream in 2012

    Cintas divisions share sustainability savings in recognition of World
                               Environment Day

Business Wire

CINCINNATI -- June 5, 2013

In honor of World Environment Day, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today
announced that it diverted more than 17 million 16.9-ounce plastic bottles
from landfills in 2012 through the production of its EcoGeneration™ line. This
represents a 13 percent increase over the company’s 2011 totals. Cintas also
reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water and solid waste production, energy use
and fuel emissions through its document management and fire protection
services.

“Our increased plastic bottle recycling is made possible because of our
customers’ dedication to environmental stewardship,” said Melanie Boyle,
sustainability manager, Cintas. “We are continually working to identify new
ways to achieve sustainability savings across our divisions and share these
ideas with other companies that are focused on limiting their environmental
impact.”

Eco-apparel from Cintas allows organizations to improve corporate image while
maintaining a commitment to being green. Cintas recently launched a new
corn-based apparel line and also offers apparel made from recycled polyester
fiber. The clothing saves energy and limits the use of harsh dry cleaning
chemicals since many of the pieces can be laundered at home. Customers can
choose from sustainable tops, bottoms, scrubs and washable tuxedos.

Cintas Document Management provides secure shredding services in which all
shredded paper is recycled. In 2012, this division helped keep more than
330,000 tons of paper from being landfilled. The shredded paper is delivered
to a paper mill to be repurposed as secondary paper products such as paper
towels and tissue.

According to The Paper Calculator, this process saves more than:

  *7.9 million trees from being destroyed.
  *10.7 million BTUs of energy from being used, or the amount used to heat
    118,089 homes for one year.
  *1.8 billion pounds of CO2 from being produced, or the equivalent of
    removing about 167,880 cars from roadways for one year.
  *7.5 billion gallons of wastewater from being produced, or the amount of
    water it would take to fill 11,422 swimming pools.
  *6.3 million pounds of solid waste from being produced, or the equivalent
    of keeping 22,655 garbage truck loads from being placed into landfills.

Cintas’ fire protection division created additional sustainability savings. By
incorporating lighter-weight and more fuel-efficient service vehicles into its
fleet and reducing the number of round-trip service visits, more than 322,000
gallons of fuel were saved. Fire extinguisher servicing also recycled more
than 325,000 aluminum and steel extinguisher valve stems.

For more information about Cintas’ green initiatives, please visit
www.cintas.com/green.

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.

Contact:

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532
jmessenger@mulberrymc.com
 
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