Countdown To Earth Day: Kane County Hosts FREE, Confidential Document Shredding Event April 24

Countdown To Earth Day: Kane County Hosts FREE, Confidential Document Shredding Event April 24

  • The Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are teaming up for a “Countdown to Earth Day” series celebrating the success stories and spotlighting the environmental challenges we face right here, right now in Kane County, IL. Today’s article is written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland.

One of the ways we can celebrate Earth Day is to recycle right, and one of the ways to recycle right is reduce, reuse and recycle paper.

Kane County offers a fantastic service to do just that — and it’s coming up on Saturday, April 24.

Here’s more about the event, plus some helpful hints to get in and out quickly and make the experience enjoyable for all.

Confidential Document Shredding Event 

Kane County Recycles’ free confidential document shredding event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at the Kane County Branch Court office, 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.

  • Where: 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles is just north of IL Route 38 and south of IL Route 64, across from the Kane County Fairgrounds.
  • When: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) Saturday, April 24, 2021. Please arrive between these hours. Do not arrive early as you create the problem you are trying to avoid — a long line that is not moving!
  • What: This is a confidential document shredding event. We are not recycling any other items at this event. Only shredding! There are two more shredding events scheduled this year if you would like to avoid the crowd at this first one. Look online for the full schedule of 2021 events.

Guidelines

With the pandemic still in effect and test positivity rates on the rise, we’re working hard to make this event safe. We also have some general “rules of the road” that ensure that the lines keep moving and the process is quick and efficient.

Please review these guidelines before you drive to the event:

  • Please plan to stay in your car and have all materials in the trunk or hatchback for our volunteers and staff to unload.
  • Wear a mask while on the property, to be prepared for verbal exchanges.
  • Review Our COVID safety protocol before you go. Please click, review and follow these rules in the name of health and safety.
  • This event is for Kane County residents only, not for businesses or out-of-county residents.
  • This service provides on-site shredding trucks. There are four trucks scheduled for this event. Each truck holds 12,000 pounds of paper. Paper is shredded as it enters the truck.
  • Quantity limit per resident is approximately equal to four banker boxes (12 inches wide x 16 inches deep x 10 inches tall) but you can bring them in any kind of boxes or bags — even plastic, though that is not preferable. If you carpool with a neighbor, there can be more than four boxes per car.
  • Staples, paperclips, spiral bindings, file folders without metal, and envelope windows are fine to leave in.
  • Please REMOVE all binder clips, three-ring plastic binders and any larger metal pieces.
  • Please do not bring periodicals, magazines, junk mail, receipts, or other paper that does not contain confidential information. Those materials can go in your household recycling bin.
  • ​If absolutely necessary, you can pull aside after we unload, out of the line and out of the way, remain in your vehicle, and look back to watch your documents being shredded. Or you can drop and go, trusting that we shred all documents received.​​
  • Please note that we will receive documents for shredding only until the trucks are full.
  • Please arrive between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. Do not arrive early, as you create the problem you are trying to avoid — a long line that is not moving!
  • Do not bring any other items for recycling. This event is for document shredding only!

What Is Considered Confidential?

Confidential papers just shredded for security protection

  • Confidential information such as account numbers and details and Social Security numbers should be kept secure and destroyed. These are the documents that you should take to this shredding event.
  • However, information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers are not considered confidential as they can be found in phone directories or in common records. Those kinds of information do not need to be shredded.
  • Please DO NOT BRING periodicals, magazines, receipts, and other junk mail that does not contain confidential information. Those materials can go in your household recycling bin.
  • See more details about shredding on the Confidential Documents Page of the Kane County Recycles website.

Do NOT Bring Paper You’ve Already Shredded at Home

We are NOT accepting already-shredded documents at this event.

You can bring documents that have already been shredded at home, to the next event on May 8. At that event, you can bring shredded paper in a paper bag, to the book recycling area at the event, where the shredded paper will be sent for recycling at a local paper mill, along with the old, worn, torn, beyond-use books.

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