Destroy Confidential Documents at June 2 Shredding Event

Assemblyman Magnarelli and OCRRA invite residents to protect their identity and recycle shredded materials for free

Syracuse, N.Y., May 23, 2018 – OCRRA and Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli of Syracuse, Geddes and Van Buren encourage Onondaga County residents to bring their confidential documents to their June 2 paper shredding event for secure destruction. The event happens on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brown Parking Lot of the NYS Fairgrounds (enter across the street from Gates 3 and 4 on State Fair Boulevard).

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli

For video instructions on what is accepted and how to prepare materials, visit Shredding Prep.

Confidata, a division of Empire Recycling Corporation, Shred Solvers and Simple Shred are partnering with OCRRA and the Assemblyman to help residents prevent identity theft and ensure that their shredded paper is recycled. All participating vendors are local document shredding companies with mobile shredding vehicles.

The event will also include an element of giving back to those in our local community.  Attendees are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as they approach the shredding area. Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be out to collect the donations as part of their 60-year national partnership with the MDA.

Donations help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Upstate. They also help send 62 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families.

“We are thrilled to be working with OCRRA and the NALC Local 134 on this event to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Tony Ortega, executive director of Syracuse MDA. “The dedication of these letter carriers to MDA’s mission is unwavering and their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Personal records from a household such as medical documents, bank information, tax documents, credit card statements and other items containing account numbers or private details are ideal for drop off. Items containing only your name and address are non-confidential and will not be accepted at the event (e.g., junk mail, magazines, newspapers, etc.)

Attendees do not need a reservation and there is no charge, thanks to Assemblyman Magnarelli and the document shredding companies’ generous donation of their time and talent.

“I am pleased to sponsor this event with OCRRA. OCRRA has been a community leader since 1990 in recycling materials in an environmentally safe way and has promoted the importance of the proper shredding of personal documents,” said Assemblyman Magnarelli. “We are also grateful for the students from the Solvay High School Track Team who have volunteered to help community residents at this event by unloading confidential documents and materials to be carefully shredded.”

Attendees should do the following:

  1. Bring only confidential documents generated at home (e.g., tax forms, medical documents, bank information, credit card statements, or other items with account numbers). No phonebooks, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, receipts, hanging file folders, binders, photos, photo albums will be accepted. Materials from businesses are not accepted at the event. 
  2. Pack confidential documents loosely, in cardboard boxes. Five box limit per vehicle. Boxes should be medium-sized and easy to lift (measuring roughly 10″ x 12″x 15″) to keep attendees and staff safe from lifting injuries. Do not bring items in plastic bags. Remove binders or other non-paper contaminants; paperclips, staples and window envelopes are acceptable.
  3. Enter the Brown Parking Lot of the NYS Fair from State Fair Boulevard, across the street from Gates 3 and 4.
  4. Stay in their vehicle, but make sure their trunk / back doors are unlocked and easy for staff to open quickly; staff unloads all vehicles.

Since OCRRA started hosting shredding events in 2004, more than 1 million pounds of personal papers have been safely shredded and recycled.

*Workplaces in need of shredding services should visit www.OCRRA.org or contact a shredding service.

About OCRRA: OCRRA is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to deliver a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents. OCRRA’s system includes: a strong recycling and composting program, a foundation for local waste disposal at the Waste-to-Energy Facility, two convenient trash and recycling drop off sites, a robust education component and programs for hard to manage materials, such as household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing devices. OCRRA’s award-winning programs are funded by trash drop-off fees and the sale of electricity generated at the Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Learn more and get involved at www.OCRRA.org, or follow us on Facebook.

About MDA:  MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Visit www.mda.org to learn more or donate.