DuPage leaves a small forest’s worth of trees in shreds
By Susan Frick carlman firstname.lastname@example.org October 9, 2012 11:08PM
Strictly (not) business
DuPage County will host a free document shredding event Saturday. The documents will be securely shredded on-site to protect residents from identity theft, and all collected paper will be recycled.
The event, which is not open to businesses, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the DuPage County Complex, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton (south parking lot, turn at stop light marked “Main Entrance”).
Updated: November 11, 2012 6:05AM
DuPage County officials are calling a half dozen recent commercial document-shredding days a cumulative success.
Environmental specialist Shefali Trivedi reported recently to the environmental committee that the events, hosted by the county in Naperville and five other local communities during August and September, racked up some impressive numbers:
165 participating businesses
1,435 boxes of documents shredded
54,500 pounds of paper recycled
The equivalent of 654 trees spared
27.25 metric tons less greenhouse gas emissions
190,750 gallons of water saved
Trivedi said many of those who came noted that it’s usually time-consuming and expensive to get rid of old papers in a secure and earth-friendly way.
“They just loved having one place where they could bring it all and see it shredded on site,” she said.
If funding again becomes available, she said, more events will be scheduled.
“The biggest feedback that we got from businesses was ‘Are you going to do this again?’” she said.