At The Meadows Center for Opportunity, our commitment to the community extends beyond providing employment opportunities and training for developmentally disabled adults and offering high-quality, secure data destruction to our customers.  We believe that part of our mission is to practice responsible disposal methods that protect and preserve the environment.

We completely recycled destroyed paper documents.  When the paper is shredded, it is baled into bales weighing approximately 1,500-1,800 pounds.  These bales are sent to facilities around the nation to be reduced to pulp and used to produce recycled home paper goods.

How do our recycling efforts benefit the environment?

For each ton of paper we shred and recycle, between 17 and 31 trees are preserved.  However, the benefits of recycling extend beyond the conservation of trees.  Producing recycled paper is more energy efficient, requires fewer chemicals, and creates fewer pollutants than producing paper from wood fiber.

  • Paper mills use 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled paper than from fresh lumber.
  • Paper mills generate most of their energy from waste wood, but recycling mills use on-site cogeneration facilities or purchase energy from local power companies.
  • Producing recycled paper requires fewer chemicals and bleaches that producing new paper.
  • Recycled paper is less polluting than paper made from wood fiber.

In addition to reducing waste and creating fewer pollutants, paper recycling is important for the conservation of natural materials, renewable resources, and energy.  Each ton of paper manufactured from recycled fibers rather than virgin fibers conserves: 

  • 7,000 Gallons of Water
  • 17 to 31 Trees
  • 4,000 KWh of Electricity
  • 60 Pounds of Air Pollutants

Recycling shredded paper produced from our data destruction services is an important part of our commitment to green solutions and eco-friendly business practices.


Mr. King

Michael Crawley - Friday, October 07, 2016

On a dreary, gray October afternoon, a light rain bounced off of Gabrielle’s umbrella as she stared at the simple headstone of Ryan King. There was a cross in each corner and centered underneath his name in bold lettering were just three words and two dates. As she studied it, she thought the simplicity of the inscription was hopelessly inadequate to explain an entire human life - but still she was glad that she had paid for the stone. At least there was some kind of recognition for a human being who had spent his final days on earth being ignored by everyone, including her. 
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A Gift of Compassion

Michael Crawley - Friday, September 16, 2016

The Meadows is an organization far different than most. We are a thriving small business that was established in 1983. With more than three thousand customers statewide, we have developed a strong reputation for our professionalism and for consistently providing the highest quality work possible. But it is not our commitment to offering first rate service and customer satisfaction that sets us apart. The reason our success has so much meaning is because of who we employ.  
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The Senior Center

Michael Crawley - Friday, September 02, 2016

At 11:00 a.m. sharp the doors opened, and the regulars carefully started making their way into the nondescript community building that played such an important role in their lives. As they entered, they were greeted by the hearty aroma of the noontime meal that the staff of five had been laboring over for several hours. Today’s menu included pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans and hot rolls. Each person could also choose either a tossed salad or fruit salad. And because it was Wednesday, they were serving everyone’s favorite dessert, chocolate cake. 
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Through Their Eyes

Michael Crawley - Friday, August 19, 2016

Empathy is the ability to sense, understand and appreciate the feelings and experiences of others. It requires taking the time and making the effort to focus on someone else without judging them and without giving into the temptation to deny the validity of their perspective. Unfortunately, it is often the case in the lives of people with developmental disabilities that empathy is not embraced by those who have a direct effect on their lives.  
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The Encounter

Michael Crawley - Monday, August 01, 2016

Kenneth Patterson was desperately late. Everything had gone wrong this morning, and unfortunately, this was one of the most important days of his career. Even the cab he’d taken had broken down. Now there were just minutes to get to the meeting that could secure his future. As he rushed for one of the six elevators in this huge ancient building, he told his wife on the phone that he thought he could just make it in time to see his potential client.  
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What Do You See?

Michael Crawley - Friday, July 22, 2016

What do you see when you encounter someone you believe is different than you? Do you see someone who makes you feel uncomfortable? Do you see only the characteristics that you don’t understand? Do you see someone that leads you to make unfair comparisons or form instant opinions based only on appearances without any facts? Do you see a person you believe to be broken or inferior in some way? Perhaps you prefer to turn away so you don’t have to see them at all. 
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Michael Crawley - Sunday, July 10, 2016

America is at a crossroads. Recent events in our nation have left us both alarmed and heartbroken. And while our immediate response may be to condemn one group or another, in reality we are all to blame. This country belongs to all of us. Therefore we all share the same responsibility to see that every citizen is treated justly and fairly.  
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The Last Day

Michael Crawley - Monday, June 27, 2016

For twenty-four years Sharon’s beautiful daughter had been successfully employed at a sheltered workshop, but now that was coming to a heartbreaking end. Over the decades the two of them had always made time to sit down and have breakfast together, and this morning was no different. Usually they talked about what Patricia’s day would be like, but on this Friday her daughter sat silently picking at her food. They had known for over a month that this moment was coming, but now that it had finally arrived they were both overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, regret and a deep sense of anxiety about the future.  
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Michael Crawley - Saturday, June 11, 2016

When it comes to raising children with developmental disabilities, mothers receive well deserved attention for their parenting. They are considered the primary caregivers and nurturers. They interact with teachers, health professionals and case managers. They are always on the front lines advocating for their child’s rights, and they are vigilant concerning their health and safety. But although they may not receive the same amount of attention, fathers of children with intellectual challenges also play a crucial role in the life of their child.  
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Michael Crawley - Sunday, May 22, 2016

On a cool overcast Saturday morning in early March of 1983, Russell Lynwood was driving alone on a street he had been down countless times. He was familiar with each house he passed. He recognized certain vehicles in the driveways, and he knew which families kept their yards the neatest. Russell was in no particular hurry. He was just running over to the local hardware store to see about buying some parts to repair a leaky faucet. But what he thought would be a simple errand was going to turn out to be an unthinkable event that would change the rest of his life. 
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395