Thanks to four free shred events hosted by Arsenal Credit Union the community is a little greener and trash is a little lighter on sensitive information. Consumers also saved a lot of money! These events were held at various Arsenal branches.
A whopping 19,418 pounds – or nearly 10 tons – of paper was collected and shredded on site, then baled later and sent to paper mills to be recycled – all at no cost to consumers. Based on what some local hardware stores and office supply stores charge for this service – 79 to 99 cents per pound – this saved people in the community $15,340 to $19,224.
Arsenal hires and pays professional shred companies, such as American Document Destruction and Cintas, to be at its branches on select Saturdays in the spring and fall. All of these events are open to the public, with no limit on the number of bags or boxes of paper a person can drop off.
“We’re happy to provide this as a free community service,” says Ken Moser, vice president of Marketing at the credit union. “These events help protect the environment and help people from having their identities stolen.”
Landfills also happen to be a little lighter on electronics, thanks to free electronic recycling events that Arsenal held in conjunction with its shred events. The credit union and its recycling partner, RNA Worldwide, collected and recycled almost as much electronics waste as paper – 19,437 pounds! Items included computer monitors and hard drives, TVs of all sizes, kitchen appliances and more. Any item that had a plug or ran on batteries was accepted.
While a number of retailers and electronics companies offer ways for consumers to recycle their old electronics, sometimes a fee is involved, especially with larger electronics and appliances. At Arsenal’s recycling events, there were no charges for electronics unless a person dropped off more than one TV.
RNA provided on-site destruction of computer hard drives that still contained personal information, and the company recycled everything. These recycling efforts minimize the harmful effects of electronics waste on the environment. When electronics end up in landfills or are incinerated, hazardous chemicals and toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium can be released into the air and water sources.
Arsenal will hold additional paper shredding and electronics recycling events this fall. Dates and times will be announced on the credit union’s website once the details are finalized.