Muskegon County Shred Day Successful

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Saturday, September 21, 2013, was the first county sponsored “Shred Day” for Muskegon County residents.  The concept of offering a day for county residents to bring in personal documents for shredding, free of charge, turned out to be highly successful.

Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters was greeted by five cars waiting in the county building parking lot before the trucks from Kent Record Management, Inc. (KRM) arrived. The longest line was at the 10 a.m. start time with seventeen cars waiting for secure disposal of their confidential documents.

City of Muskegon Clerk Ann Cummings presented the first 100 participants with a free shred bag from KRM which KRM then matched with another 100 to 200 participants who will now be able to bring their bag to KRM for free shredding for the life of the bag.

As residents entered the parking lot, they pulled up parallel to the trucks and KRM staff Matt Grupa, Chris Annis, Larry Osborn, and Darryl McDonald would assist with unloading boxes and bags of document.  The content were emptied into bins that were then dumped into the shredder, filling the back of the truck with approximately 9000 pounds of paper for recycling.

Approximately 200 cars were serviced in four hours.  Comments were received such as “This is a great service,” “This is wonderful,” and “Are you going to do this again?” Muskegon County Sustainability Coordinator Sara Damm busily stuffed the free KRM bags with the flyer for the October 12, 2013, “Clean Your Closet” event to take place at the City of Muskegon DPW parking lot located at 1350 E. Keeting Avenue. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The county, in conjunction with collectors Muskegon County Solid Waste and DPW, Kent Record Management, Inc. and Muskegon County Clerk’s office, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, CM Rubber, and Goodwill of West Michigan, will provide an opportunity on that day for residents to bring waste and donations free of charge for disposition.  CM Rubber Technologies Inc. will allow not more than 7 tires that are no larger than 34”.  Goodwill will collect household items, clothing, and electronics.  Habitat for Humanity ReStore will collect non-oil based paint. KRM will provide sensitive document shredding, and the County Solide Waste DPW will collect household hazardous waste.