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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.



Michael Crawley - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kindness is one of the most important attributes that humanity possesses. It embodies empathy, concern and most importantly goodness. It is freely given and yet it is invaluable. However, it is something we rarely consider. We each go through our day without recognizing the many opportunities we have to be kind to others. How different our world would be if we would made kindness a priority instead of an afterthought.   
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Traumatic Brain Injury

Michael Crawley - Monday, November 02, 2015

Helen was the mother of two beautiful daughters and grandmother of three. She had just spent a pleasant Saturday morning working in her flowerbeds. Now in her mid-sixties, she and her husband were finalizing plans for their retirement. It was certain to be a topic of discussion over lunch. They would soon be heading out to their favorite Italian restaurant, but first she wanted to take a quick shower. Because she was in a hurry she was not a cautious as usual. As Helen was trying to adjust the sprayer she lost her balance and slipped. As she fell, her head struck the side of the tub with terrific force, fracturing the back of her skull and leaving her unconscious.  
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Together Forever

Michael Crawley - Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lawrence and Julia were married for 62 beautiful years. During their time together they shared both the happiness and heartache of life. They celebrated moments of pure joy and profound sorrow. They created private memories for just the two of them while they publicly displayed their warm affection to the world. And because their relationship was built on trust and respect, their lives were bound together in a far deeper way than is common in today’s society.  
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Michael Crawley - Sunday, October 04, 2015

As human beings we have an overwhelming desire to be accepted. We want others to feel comfortable around us so that we can enjoy inclusion in all the areas of life that we believe are important. We each do our best to fit in and to not stand out in a way that draws negative attention to ourselves. Every one of us has a basic need to be valued and respected for who we are. 
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A Place of Courage

Michael Crawley - Monday, September 07, 2015

Each day as people drive past our parking lot they glance over, see our sign and notice our business. But they really have no way of knowing that something amazing is happening inside our building. Monday through Friday people with intellectual and physical challenges come to work at our facility and transform their lives.  
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The Dignity of Work

Michael Crawley - Sunday, August 23, 2015

The importance of jobs cannot be overstated because they provide the foundation for our nation’s economic stability. The more people that are working, the better off we are as a society. Employment empowers individuals by giving them the means to support themselves and by providing them with the ability to purchase the goods and services they need. That creates more jobs which drives productivity and innovation resulting in a healthy economy.  
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Michael Crawley - Sunday, August 09, 2015

Recently the word “inspiring” has come under attack by those who say that using it to describe a person with a disability is demeaning and objectifies them. Certainly the people who express this point of view mean well, and they are entitled to their opinion, but it is a fact that we witness inspiration at the Meadows on a daily basis, and there is just no other word that accurately describes it. 
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Michael Crawley - Sunday, July 26, 2015

During the last two years there have been over 50 posts on this blog, totaling more than 75,000 words. Almost all of the writing has been about developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges, with a specific focus on the incredible men and women we employ. But now it is time to introduce you to the people in management who deserve a tremendous amount of credit for making the Meadows such a success. 
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The Joys of the Job

Michael Crawley - Sunday, July 05, 2015

Each day at the Meadows we witness courage, commitment and compassion. All of the extraordinary men and women we employ have developmental disabilities, and it is their desire to excel at their jobs, while dealing with serious challenges, that inspires us every day. In previous posts I have written at length about their strengths and abilities, as well as their achievements and accomplishments. I have attempted to emphasize their positive qualities without neglecting to address the issues that they face on a daily basis.   
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A Father's Love

Michael Crawley - Sunday, June 14, 2015

It was sixteen days before Christmas 1963. The nation had buried President Kennedy just two weeks before. As they drove to the grocery store, three year old Richard was standing in the front seat of the car next to his mom. This would be a quick trip. She wanted to get back before her husband Thomas got home from work. Because her son was relentlessly inquisitive, Anita was patiently explaining, yet again, how Santa would soon be coming to their house.  
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395