- Editor’s Note: This article is written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kane County Recycles is hosting a free confidential document shredding event between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at the Kane County Branch Court office at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles.
One of the reasons that this event is kind of a big deal is that it’s the last shredding event for 2021.
Another reason it’s so important is that you can’t just do your shredding at home and then drop the shredded paper in your recycling bin. As we noted in our series on Recycling’s Dirty Dozen, it used to be OK to do that years ago, but times have changed.
Shredded paper is too small to sort — the pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machines, stick to the belts and end up all over the floor and in every other material stream as a contaminate.
This upcoming recycling event is a great opportunity to rid yourself of confidential documents. How do you know you can trust the confidentiality?
First and foremost, because it’s a Kane County Recycles event. Kane County uses Accurate Document Services, Inc., a company that has been protecting sensitive and confidential information successfully for decades.
Documents are shredded on-site — cross-shredded into confetti-sized pieces as they are tipped into the shredding trucks.
- PLEASE take time to sort your material making sure that it all truly contains confidential material.
- Kane County Recycles accept: tax records, medical records, bank statements, or anything with your social security number on it.
- Kane County Recycles does NOT accept: cash register receipts, magazines, empty envelopes, junk mail, kids school papers, photocopies of jokes, books, tissue paper or wrapping paper, photographs, CDs or floppy discs, credit cards, shoes, holiday decorations, plastic sleeves on files, plastic covered binders, or garbage. Please SORT it OUT!
- This is for residential material only, not for businesses. (See this page to find out more about shredding service for businesses.)
- Quantity limit is approximately equal to four banker boxes (12 inches wide by 16 inches deep by 10 inches tall) but you can bring them in any kind of boxes or paper bags. Please do NOT use plastic bags.
- 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.
- This service provides on-site shredding trucks. There are four trucks scheduled for this event. Each truck holds 12,000 pounds of paper. Documents are cross-shredded into confetti-sized pieces as they are tipped into the shredding trucks.
- Please note that Kane County Recycles will receive documents for shredding only until the trucks are full.
- Do not bring any other items for recycling. This event is for document shredding only!
No Already-Shredded Paper at This Event!
Kane County Recycles is not accepting already shredded documents at this event.
You can bring documents that have already been shredded at home to Kane County Recycling Centers. Bring shredded paper in a paper bag stapled or lightly taped closed.
Kane County Recycles Shredding Event
- Where: 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, which is just north of 38 and south of 64 across from the County Fairgrounds
- When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23. 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. No other items can be recycled at this event. This is the last shredding event for 2021.
SOURCE: Kane County Recycles news release
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