Residents able to protect their identity and recycle shredded materials for free
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (September 10, 2015) – Onondaga County residents are invited to collect their confidential documents and bring them to OCRRA’s September 19 paper shredding event for secure destruction. The event happens from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, September 19 at NBT Bank Stadium (1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse; enter off Grant Boulevard).
Confidata, a division of Empire Recycling Corporation, and Shred Solvers are collaborating with OCRRA to help residents prevent identity theft and ensure that their shredded paper is recycled. Both Confidata and Shred Solvers are local document shredding companies with mobile shredding vehicles.
This event will also include an element of giving back to those in need in our local community. Attendees are encouraged to make a voluntary donation (either funds or non-perishable food items) to the Food Bank of Central New York as they approach the shredding area.
Some examples of ideal non-perishable items include:
• canned beans/legumes
• canned/dried fruits
• canned tuna
• canned vegetables
• dinner “mixes”
• dried beans/legumes
• peanut butter
• soups and stews
“We are excited to partner with OCRRA at the upcoming shred event,” said Karen Belcher, chief operating officer at Food Bank of Central New York. “The food and funds raised during the event will allow us to provide nutritious food to our partner agencies in central and northern New York. As September is Hunger Action Month, this event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight one of the ways to help the hungry in our community.”
When it comes to shredding, personal records from a household such as medical documents, bank information, tax documents and other items containing account numbers or private details are ideal for drop off. Attendees do not need a reservation and there is no charge, thanks to Confidata and Shred Solvers’ generous donation of their time and talent.
Participants should do the following:
- Bring no more than five boxes of documents generated or received at home, per vehicle. Only materials generated at home will be accepted. Materials from businesses are not accepted at the event.*
- Enter the stadium parking lot from the Grant Boulevard / Hiawatha Boulevard intersection.
- Pack confidential documents, loosely, in durable boxes, containers or paper bags. (Avoid bringing items in plastic bags as they slow down the shredding process.) Remove binders or other non-paper contaminants.
- Stay in their vehicle.
There is no need for participants to exit their vehicles as the event is full service; staff unloads all vehicles.
“OCRRA recommends reducing your confidential papers by requesting digital statements whenever possible,” says Dave Nettle, OCRRA recycling specialist. “But for those confidential hard copy items you can’t eliminate, stop by the event! Once everything is shredded, it is recycled into new paper products like napkins, paper towels and toilet paper.”
Since OCRRA started hosting shredding events in 2004, more than 455 tons 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 The Food Bank of CNY: Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 250 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 15,158,866 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America.
September is Hunger Action Month across the United States and right here in Central New York. Hunger Action Month is a public call to action on behalf of the increasing number of people in need of food assistance across the country. For more information on how you can get involved in the fight against hunger visit www.foodbankcny.org.