Shredding and Recycling

Shredding Day trio  Shredding Truck

This Saturday Senator Scott M. Bennett and The Urbana Free Library held our 3rd annual community paper Shredding and Mini-Recycling Fair.

We shredded at a new location this year. Did you see us at the corner of Vine and Green? 89 cars of folks, bicyclists, and walkers took advantage of the opportunity to visit us there.

They arrived with personal documents to destroy or items to recycle. Driver Scott, who actually did the shredding, told us that he’d processed approximately 1200 pounds of documents. At the same time, we accepted inkjet cartridges, old cell phones, eyeglasses, and keys. The most popular items recycled were used batteries. And we collected buckets of them!

It takes a community to run an event. Our Shredding and Mini-Recycling Day wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 114, Boy Scout Troop 104, Girl Scout Troop 2229, staff from Senator Bennett’s office, and staff & family of The Urbana Free Library. Many thanks to Urbana Public Works and the City of Urbana U-Cycle, for sharing the space, suggestions, and supplies.  AT&T Illinois, and Shred-It provided the shredding truck.

Unfortunately, consumer fraud and identity theft are an epidemic in our communities. Senator Bennett and the library offer this annual shredding event to raise awareness and to promote prevention. Gather your sensitive documents and plan to join us next August, for our 4th annual shredding day.

If you missed the event this year, WCIA-TV came to visit. Here's the link to their coverage.

You can recycle at any time. The Urbana Free Library, in partnership with Urbana U-Cycle, is always a drop-off site for your used household batteries, inkjet cartridges, and old cellphones/chargers. In partnership with the Lions Club, the library accepts old keys and eyeglasses.

The City of Urbana U-Cycle maintains a list of a variety of items and where you can recycle them. Click on this sentence to view the list.

Champaign County will offer a household electronics recycling event on October 14, 2017. Visit this website from the City of Urbana to get information about qualifying communities, what you can recycle, and how to register.

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