Since January 2010, over 136.2 tons of personal documents have been safely shredded, recycled and diverted from the landfill. For every ton of paper recycled, there have been 17 trees saved; 60 pounds of pollutants are kept out of the air; 7,000 gallons of water saved; and enough energy saved to power a home for six months. Keep up the good work!
The City of Sunnyvale offers personal document shredding to residents from Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and Palo Alto at no charge. Residents will be required to provide proof of residency using a picture I.D. with an address from one of the three cities, or picture I.D. with a current utility bill. Commercial/business customers will not be admitted to the events. Events will be held at the SMaRT Station® from 8 a.m. to noon, view the 2013 Recycling Events Calendar for upcoming Shredding Events. Document shredding events provide residents a great opportunity to:
- Shred and recycle paper that's been taking up space;
- Reduce clutter and simplify life; and
- Reduce possible identity theft.
Aside from the obvious personal benefits of shredding private documents, recycling shredded paper reduces:
- Solid waste materials to the landfill;
- Deforestation, preserving natural resources; and
- Air and water pollution generated by processing virgin materials.
Shredding Event Procedures
Restrict materials for shredding to personal documents only. Other recyclable paper products may be disposed in residential recycling carts as part of regular garbage and recycling curbside collection services, or taken to the SMaRT Station Recycling Center. All paper will be shredded on site and will be recycled into useful paper products.
Events are well-attended. While our volunteers work diligently to keep traffic flowing, we appreciate your patience when experiencing delays.
- Volunteers will be available to direct traffic and provide assistance in off-loading boxes for residents.
- To accommodate expected high volume participation, there will be a limit of 5 banker-sized boxes (approx. 18" x 12" x 10") or paper bags per household.
- Paperclips, staples, spiral notebooks, and rubberbands are acceptable. However, refrain from disposing of heavy binders or binder clips to prevent damage to shredding equipment.
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