Free paper shred event, food drive to be held Sat., Nov. 12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In conjunction with America Recycles Day, the city is holding a free paper shred event for Fayette County residents.

The event will take place Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded.

Participants are also invited to bring non-perishable food for donation to God’s Pantry. Currently, the most-needed items include hearty soups and canned fruits, vegetables and proteins. Please do not bring items in glass packaging.

The event allows Lexington residents to safely dispose of their sensitive materials in an environmentally-friendly way. Shred-it securely destroys documents on-site with their fleet of mobile shredding trucks. The material collected is recycled into low-grade paper products.

“We absolutely love being a part of this event here in Lexington. Shred-it is part of this community too and we want to be a great corporate citizen,” said Steve Wehrheim, who leads operations for Shred-it in Kentucky.  “This event gives us the opportunity to provide a service to our neighbors and to be a part of our city’s recycling and environmental efforts. That makes us feel pretty good.”

“Your BBB is proud to once again partner with LFUCG on this important event. Although many of us have moved to conducting our financial business online, there are still many printed documents containing sensitive, personal information that need to be destroyed properly,” said Jack Frank, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central & Eastern Kentucky. “Participating in this free shredding opportunity is a smart way for Lexington residents to protect themselves from identity theft.”

The Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission is also a Paper Shred partner.

Please note:

  • No plastic binders or binder clips should be included with materials.
  • Staples, paper envelopes and paper clips are acceptable.
  • Entrance to the event will be accessible via Jimmie Campbell Drive.
  • Participants are asked not to arrive before 9 a.m. as event organizers will be unable to accommodate anyone before that time.
  • Cardboard boxes will be collected at the event and sent to the Lexington Recycling Center.

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