The event was flooded with eager recyclers

Prince George’s County Community College was flooded with cars on a sunny September morning, but they were not vehicles of students going to class. On Sept. 6 NBC4, in partnership with Prince George’s County Government, Shred-It, and Prince George’s Community College hosted the NBC4 Allstate Community Shred Event.

This free event was for anyone with paper, of any type, needing shredding. Residents could bring up to five boxes or paper bags of personal documents to shred onsite. “I’m so glad they have this event, because I had boxes of paper just sitting at home,” Troy Williams told the AFRO.  “I have a paper shredder at home but it would take me hours to shred hundreds of files.”

Although early arrival was suggested, hundreds of cars waited patiently at the intersection of Prince Place and Campus Way South for their turn as they filled the entire campus. “I got here at 6:45 a.m. because they said early arrival was suggested,” Tanya Jones told the AFRO.  “I’m glad I did because around 7:30 a.m. 200-300 cars lined up behind me.”

Shred-It recycles all shredded documents and the cardboard boxes are recycled at the County’s Materials Recycling Facility.  More than 32 tons of cardboard have been salvaged from past shred events at the community college.

“Document shredding is one of the best ways to prevent identify theft,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in a news release. “We encourage the public to safely dispose of their personal documents by participating in this valuable public service.”

At Shred-it, their vision is to “relentlessly pursue success and innovation, driven by the needs of their customers and delivered with the shared energy, ability and commitment of their people,” according to their website.  “This event not only highlights the importance of destroying personal documents properly, it provides a great environmental benefit with the recycling of the shredded materials, boxes, and paper bags by keeping them out of our landfill,” Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County Director Adam Ortiz said in a news release.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer