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Solo Cup Company Joins Forces with Keep America Beautiful

Submitted by: Keep America Beautiful

Categories: Sustainability, Volunteerism

Posted: Mar 26, 2009 – 09:35 AM EST

 

Partnership Includes Bare(TM) by Solo(R) Product Donations, Education and Employee Volunteerism during Great American Cleanup(TM) Events Nationwide

Mar. 26 /CSRwire/ - STAMFORD, Conn. - March 26, 2009 - Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Solo Cup Company announce their national sponsor partnership for KAB's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

The 2009 Great American Cleanup campaign theme, Green Starts Here, reminds environmental stewards of all ages and walks of life across the country that a greener environment begins with simple, everyday choices and actions. Nationwide, an estimated 3 million volunteers will take part in more than 17,000 separate cleanup events through May 31. Great American Cleanup activities include beautifying parks and recreation areas; cleaning seashores and waterways; handling recycling collections; picking up litter; planting trees and flowers and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

As a national sponsor of KAB and its Great American Cleanup, Solo will donate foodservice items and educate consumers about environmentally preferable options in convenience tableware and single-use foodservice products while helping to beautify communities nationwide. Solo employees will be on-site at selected KAB cleanup events to educate consumer volunteers on environmentally preferable options in single-use tableware, as well as on recycling and composting. In addition, Solo will ask its employees to volunteer in the Great Solo Cleanup from March through June 2009, to help beautify the communities in which they live and work.

This year, Solo has donated thousands of cases of Bare(tM) by Solo(R) products to help serve food and beverages to more than 100,000 Great American Cleanup volunteers across the country. The product contribution includes cups made with 20 percent post-consumer recycled PET plastic, paper cups made with 10 percent post-consumer recycled content, and plates made with bamboo and other annually renewable materials such as sugarcane and other natural fibers.

"Our partnership with Keep America Beautiful is in keeping with our goal to be an industry leader in environmental sustainability," said Robert M. Korzenski, president and CEO, Solo Cup Company. "We want people to understand their options and the inherent trade-offs associated with each material as well as disposal options in their community so they can make informed decisions about what best fits with their priorities."

"We're extremely grateful for Solo's involvement in helping to make the Great American Cleanup an even bigger success this year," said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. "Solo is showing that single-use products can be more sustainable, and is giving consumers viable environmental lifestyle options. Solo is demonstrating a strong level of commitment to helping improve our environment and our communities."

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. The Great American Cleanup is one of its many programs that encourage people to care for communities through volunteer participation. To join the Great American Cleanup and let green start with you, visit www.kab.org.

About Solo Cup Company
Solo Cup Company is a $1.8 billion company exclusively focused on the manufacture of single-use products used to serve food and beverages for the consumer/retail, foodservice and international markets. Solo has broad product offerings available in paper, plastic, foam, post-consumer recycled content and annually renewable materials and creates brand name products under the Solo(R), Sweetheart(R) and Bare(TM) by Solo(R) names. The Company was established in 1936 and has a global presence with facilities in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Panama and the United States. To learn more about the Company, visit www.solocup.com.

Bare by Solo is the industry's first full line of eco-forward(TM) single-use products for restaurants and consumers made using recycled, recyclable, compostable or annually renewable materials. Bare by Solo products are available at Target stores and other retailers. To find the nearest retailer of Bare by Solo products, visit www.barebysolo.com.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Wallace Keep America Beautiful
Phone: 203.649.3016
Website: www.kab.org
Tim Lindberg Solo Cup Company
Phone: 847.579.3733

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