Shred unwanted documents at free campus event

contact: Deanne Puca
| WMU News
Photo of shredded paper.

CDs, DVDs and floppy disks also will be accepted this year.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to “get their shred on” by participating in a free campuswide shredding event Tuesday, April 12, to ensure all professional or personal documents are properly destroyed and recycled.

The campus Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Committee is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lot 41 near Sangren Hall. A truck with several 95-gallon containers will be provided by Data Guardian for drop off. If documents are in recyclable containers such as paper or cardboard, the entire container can be placed into the bins or directly on the truck. All plastic and metal must be removed, but there is no need to remove rubber bands or paperclips. And new this year, CDs, DVDs and floppy disks will be accepted but must be placed in a separate container.

Paper documents are shredded and baled into 1,500 lb. bales. At the end of the destruction process, Data Guardian will issue a Certificate of Destruction verifying all material has been destroyed in a confidential manner. The bales of shredded paper are sent to a recycler for pulping. All recyclable material returns to the market in a variety of recycled paper products.

For those who are unable to make the event and have materials to be disposed of, contact Data Guardian to schedule a pickup, for a nominal fee, at (269) 327-8553.

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