The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department held two successful Shred-a-Thon events, drawing 1,100 people.
The first of the two semi-annual shred-a-thons on April 24 was conducted with Chapel Hill Police Department. This attracted more than 600 people to University Mall, yielding 28,000-plus pounds of confidential paper for shredding and recycling into toilet paper.
On Saturday, April 26, nearly 500 people and small businesses participated in the Hillsborough event held at the recycling site behind Home Depot. This generated more than 23,000 pounds of paper. County staff and the contractor Pro-Shred were assisted by volunteers from Beyond Expectations, with traffic control provided by the Hillsborough Police Department.
These events are extremely popular with county residents, businesses and employees. They provide an opportunity for protection from identity theft, while allowing businesses to save storage room and cut costs.
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“It’s a fabulous service the county provides,” said Betsy Rudolph, medical assistant at Osteopathic Medical Arts of Chapel Hill. “Now that we are converting to electronic records we have to shred old records that we used to have to store and we had too much to shred in a smaller shredder. This saves us space, time and money.”
The next shredding events are tentatively scheduled for October. Once the dates are determined, the event times and locations will be advertised.