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Montclair Township Announces 'Shred-Fest' Will Occur on Sept. 20

Township of Montclair Staff

Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 8:25am

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The township of Montclair has announced the date for the annual 'Shred-Fest.' Residents can bring important documents and watch them be shredded.  The township issued the following message:

"Montclair residents can now enjoy the peace of mind from seeing their confidential documents securely shredded, while saving money and boosting recycling.

The next Montclair Shred-Fest! will be held on Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m., at the Community Services Yard, 219 North Fullerton Avenue. The event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and is free for all township residents.

Some people are concerned about recycling their personal documents, such as tax forms, medical records, financial information or business transactions. These recyclable papers often end up getting thrown away as garbage.

Montclair's recyclable paper is a valuable commodity, earning us as much as $50 per ton. But if thrown out as garbage, the same paper costs us over $85 per ton to burn at the Essex County Incinerator. Paying $85 to burn something worth $50 means we are wasting $135 per ton; as much as 5,000 tons of recyclable paper is thrown out every year in Montclair, so if we do the math, we’re actually burning more than two-thirds of a million dollars of our own money!

We need to capture all of this recyclable paper. Now residents can watch their private documents destroyed in front of their eyes, while still recycling this valuable material.

A paper-shredding truck will be provided free of charge by Montclair’s recycling vendor, Green Sky Industries. Residents can drive in and will be helped to unload their personal files. A closed circuit video camera mounted inside the truck will display the paper being shredded, and residents will be able to watch as it happens.

Plus, recycling not only saves money, it saves energy. Manufacturing products out of recycled materials requires much less energy than making products from virgin materials. Wasting energy emits unnecessary greenhouse gasses which contribute to climate change; this event will help you shrink your carbon footprint!

So you can recycle more, save money and energy, and clear those unneeded documents out of your home, at the2014 Montclair Shred-Fest!

Remember: confidential paper documents only. Regular paper recycling is collected curbside, or can be dropped off at the adjacent Recycling Center in the DCS Yard. Don't worry about paper clips, staples, or envelope windows; clear scotch tape is acceptable, but not masking or duct tape."

For more information, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at -973-509-5721, or email Sustainability Officer Gray Russell at grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

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