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Free document shredding at west side recycle depot

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am

The City of Airdrie is helping residents get rid of their extra paper clutter with a free document shredding program at the westside recycling depot on June 14.
The City of Airdrie is helping residents get rid of their extra paper clutter with a free document shredding program at the westside recycling depot on June 14.
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Just about everyone should have their tax return by now, with the deadline for filing taxes long since passed on April 30.

With tax season, comes mounds of paper, receipts, tax forms, pay stubs and bills.

For the third year in a row, the City of Airdrie’s Waste and Recycling Services will host its Shred-a-Thon event on June 14 as an opportunity for residents to ditch their sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly way.

There have been a few changes to this year’s event in order to keep up with demand.

Last year’s event saw approximately 200 boxes – or 2,260 kg – of paper go through Supersave’s shredder truck at the East Side Recycle Depot.

This year the Shred-a-Thon has moved to the westside depot in the Home Depot parking lot in order to accommodate the expected increase in not only paper volume, but residents as well.

“We’re anticipating a larger volume of paper this year and there’s more space for us to manage that at the westside depot,” said Paul Lyons, education coordinator, waste and recycling services.

“The westside depot is also more centralized so we’ll be able to accommodate people who don’t drive, where as the eastside depot is kind of out of the way.”

Waste and recycling services staff have decided to increase the amount of paper that can be brought in by residents this year. In 2013, the limit was set at two bankers boxes per home; this year the limit has been bumped up to five boxes per resident.

In other words, a family of five could conceivably bring in 25 boxes of paper to be shredded and recycled.

“It was definitely necessary to increase the limit this year,” Lyons said. “We had residents who came out last year telling us that they still had a lot more paper to shred.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. on June 14 and will run until 3 p.m.

Waste and recycling staff will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions about the City’s recycling programs.


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