Two paper shredding events coming in April

The Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce two paper shredding events scheduled for mid-April.

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation will host a “Drive-up Shred-a-thon Fundraiser” on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot of Patterson Hall, 101 N. Wingate St., on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The drive-thru event will allow residents to shred office paper, manilla folders, hanging file folders, spiral notebooks, receipts and envelopes. Hardcover books, magazines, newspapers, cardboard, credit cards, CDs, three-ring binders and x-rays will not be accepted.

The April 17 Shred-a-thon is a fundraiser to support the mission of the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, so participants will be charged $10 per box or $25 for three boxes. Cash is preferred but checks and credit cards will also be accepted. For more information, visit www.wakeforestpurpleheartfoundation.org/events.html or email events@wfphf.com.

The Town of Wake Forest will host its fifth annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 19. Free and open to the public, the shred event will take place rain or shine in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6 p.m. – or until the three paper shredding trucks are full. The occasion will offer area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner.

All paper will be shredded on-site, then recycled. Participants are urged to help reduce contamination by removing all non-paper materials in advance, such as plastic binders, plastic folders and metal tabs. In addition, items that can damage the equipment will not be accepted, such as wet or moist paper, hanging file folders, books (hardback or paperback), credit cards, photographs, film, DVD’s and other metals (other than staples or paper clips), boxes, batteries, computer disks or other electronic media. Please note: Junk mail does not need to be shredded. Residents and businesses can recycle junk mail in their Town-issued recycling cart.

Anyone planning to participate in the Town’s April 19 shredding event should be aware of the following:

  • Participants will be required to unload their own boxes and bags of paper.

  • There is a limit of four “banker-box” sized boxes or four large bags of paper per household or business and a limit of one trip per household.

  • Three paper shredding trucks will be onsite to accommodate area residents. Once those trucks are full, the shredding event will be over.

  • A drive-thru system will be implemented in the Renaissance Centre parking lot to help ensure a smooth drop-off experience. Participants will be directed to enter the parking lot via Elm Avenue and exit via South Brooks Street. An illustrative map of the drive-thru system is provided on the Town’s website.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/WFPaperShreddingEvent or contact Sustainability Coordinator Jeanette Johnson at 919-435-9585 or jjohnson@wakeforestnc.gov.