The Town of Wake Forest is hosting its third annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 23. Free and open to the public, “Shred-It” will take place in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., from noon to 6:30 p.m. – or until the four Shred-it trucks are full.

The occasion offers 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, and then recycled, so 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.

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 April 23 Shred-It event should be aware of the following:

  • 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.
  • Four Shred-it trucks will be onsite to accommodate area residents. Once those trucks are full, the paper-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.
  • Volunteers are needed will be available to assist residents dropping off boxes and bags of paper.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/shred-it-event.aspx or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421.