Plan for Fall Shred-A-Thons

Post Date:09/14/2017 3:16 PM
Recycling shredded paper

Two free shred- a-thons will be held by Orange County Solid Waste Management this fall in cooperation with local law enforcement.

The first will be Thursday, Oct. 12, at University Place behind the Silver Spot Theater off Willow Drive in Chapel Hill. This is a park and walk-up service. Chapel Hill Police officers will be there to assist in the security of personal documents.

The second will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Recycling Drop-off site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough, with drive-through service. 

Both events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Events are restricted to residents and small businesses in Orange County and that part of the Town of Chapel Hill in Durham County, as well as employees of the County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.

This year each participant is limited to four bags or boxes of confidential paper, reduced from five at previous events due to overloading of truck capacity. No more trucks can be provided by the contractor for these events as they’re already deployed for business recycling.  Participants can do their part by limiting the type of paper they bring for shredding to only those documents that are truly confidential in nature such as financial or medical records. 

“It has been observed at past events,” notes Blair Pollock, Orange County Solid Waste Planner, “that many customers bring magazines, bulk business mail and even newspaper for shredding along with confidential paper.  That takes up the space needed for genuinely sensitive documents in the shredding truck.”   

Non-confidential paper should be recycled in blue carts or drop off sites, not taken to the shred-a-thon.  A name and address alone do not constitute confidential information.  Leave out the folders, magazines, envelopes, brochures, and other non-confidential paper.  This will help ensure capacity for everyone’s truly confidential paper.  Check out the attached infographic for details!  Incidental tape and staples are OK; but please--no plastics, metals, digital media, and other non-paper items either. 

These free shredding events are being sponsored by the Edward Jones Office of Tom Struckmeyer in Hillsborough, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

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