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A friendly reminder to our customers of our upcoming holiday closing, Wednesday, Dec. 24 - Sunday, Jan. 4.  We'll open for business in the new year on Monday, Jan. 5. Have a blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year!

ECO FRIENDLY

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.

LATEST NEWS


The Holidays

Michael Crawley - Friday, December 12, 2014

As we enter into one of the busiest times of the year it is quite easy to get caught up in the stress and pressure of the season. Our futile attempts to create the “perfect” holiday distracts us from what truly matters and instead compromises our time with activities that are not nearly as important as the people in our lives. 
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The Meadows Book

Michael Crawley - Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Meadows ebook “EVERY LIFE IS EQUAL” is now available on Amazon. We have taken 15 essays and stories from our blog and combined them into a single reading experience. Topics include autism, Down syndrome, speech disorders, dementia and many more.  
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Aging

Michael Crawley - Friday, November 28, 2014

We all know that aging is an inevitable part of life. It begins with our birth and ends with our last breath. But although we know it is completely natural for it to happen, it does not make it any easier to accept. Perhaps it would be beneficial if, instead of viewing aging as a bad thing, we would have the wisdom to be grateful for the opportunity to grow older. We all know friends and loved ones who were denied that chance. Focusing on having the privilege of a long life gives us greater sensitivity for those who are not so fortunate. 
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A Friendship

Michael Crawley - Saturday, November 15, 2014

We have all had the experience of being asked why we have a particular career, or why we ended up in a certain line of work. Because of the unique nature of what we do here at the Meadows it is a question I am often asked. What follows is the true answer of how I happened to be fortunate enough to end up with the most rewarding job in the world.  
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Diversity

Michael Crawley - Sunday, October 26, 2014

The world is now comprised of 7 billion human beings, each completely unique and different. This complex diversity of humanity is astonishingly beautiful. Each person contributes to life in his or her own way which allows individuals to work together to create a better society that benefits everyone. Our diversity makes us stronger because it adds compassion, acceptance and understanding to our existence. 
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Every Life Has An Impact

Michael Crawley - Friday, October 10, 2014

This post contains a powerful example of how every life - without exception - has an impact on the world. Whether we realize it or not, simply by being born we change the course of history. No matter how long or short our time is on earth we have a profound effect from the moment of our conception until we take our final breath. As you will see, the impact of a human life can continue indefinitely.  
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The Right to Work

Michael Crawley - Sunday, September 14, 2014

The car pulls up to the curb and stops. The door opens and a young woman carefully steps out. Sometimes she requires assistance to do this but not today. As she starts to go inside her dad calls out that she forgot her lunch. Because of the brain damage that occurred during her birth it is often difficult for her to remember things, but her parents have always been there to help. She turns back, picks up her lunch kit, smiles at her dad and slowly walks into the Meadows. 
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The Meadows Annual Fundraiser

Michael Crawley - Monday, September 01, 2014

The Meadows Center for Opportunity is a workplace like no other. We are a non-profit corporation that operates a sheltered workshop offering employment and vocational training to adults with intellectual challenges resulting from developmental disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, disease, stroke, dementia and epilepsy.  
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I Am A Human Being

Michael Crawley - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It is too often the case that individuals with developmental disabilities are either not given the opportunity to express themselves or people do not show respect by paying attention to what they have to say. What follows is an example of what we might hear if we made the effort to listen attentively to their thoughts and opinions regarding how they are sometimes treated by society. 
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Vulnerability

Michael Crawley - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Vulnerability is a word that we are all familiar with and yet these 13 letters describe a state of being that we don’t give much thought to. Perhaps we should. 
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The Meadows
Center for Opportunity

1000 South Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma
73003-6081

phone: 405.348.4470
fax: 405.340.5395