Document Disposal

Company Sets Goal To Shred 400 Tons of Confidential Documents for Earth Day

Cintas, a company that offers document management, first aid and safety, and other products and services, has announced its intention to recycle 400 tons of paper documents in honor of Earth Day through a series of free community "shred" events. Starting in mid-April, local sponsors at 155 locations around the country will invite organizations and individuals to discard confidential documents by having them destroyed on a special shredding truck by a Cintas employee who has been certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.

The shredded materials will then be recycled into secondary paper products, such as paper towels. According to the company, for every ton of paper recycled, participants will help save 17 trees, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.

The company typically recycles an average of 21,000 tons of paper a month from business customers. For the Earth Day event, businesses including local banks and supermarkets pay for the service.

Further information about the shred events can be found here.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.