City To Host Free Paper Shredding Event Saturday
NEW ORLEANS – This Saturday, April 8, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation will host another free paper shredding event at the city’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, 2829 Elysian Fields Ave., from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
During Shred Day, Orleans Parish residents can bring up to 50 lbs. of personal or sensitive documents to be shredded safely and securely by Iron Mountain, a storage and information management company. Iron Mountain is providing free shredding to the public as a community service. Iron Mountain will provide an on-site mobile unit to shred mixed office paper, light cardboard and similar materials. They will not shred plastic, compact discs, DVDs or other metal (other than paper clips or staples).
This is the first of four Shred Days in 2017 offered in conjunction with the city’s ongoing recycling and e-waste disposal services, held on the second Saturday of each month at the Recycling Drop-Off Center. The remaining shred days for this year will be in July, October and December.
On the second Saturday of each month, Orleans Parish residents can drop off paper products (newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper, color inserts); plastics #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice, detergent, plastic pots from nurseries, plastic bags, etc.); metals (aluminum, tin and steel cans); cardboard; boxboard (cereal boxes); Mardi Gras beads; glass (limit 50 lbs.); batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6 & 9 volt); light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent); and electronics such as computers, laptops, phones, televisions (limit 4), microwave ovens and tires (limit 4).
Since the city initiated a Recycling Drop Off Center in August 2010, a total of 731 tons have been recycled. Since the current curbside recycling program began in May 2011, a total of 39,408 tons have been recycled. Properties which are eligible to receive solid waste collection by the city are also eligible to register to receive free recycling services.