TSB Community Contributor
Have your papers to be shredded piled up over the last year? Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen will host a free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m.-noon this Saturday, April 20.
The Shred-it truck will be stationed near the front entrance of the hospital. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled.
“We are pleased to provide this service free to our community,” said Jeff Reecer, hospital president.
In 2012, Texas Health Resources shredded and recycled more than 693,000 reams of paper – enough to save almost 30,000 trees and more than 5,000 cubic yards of landfill, almost doubling the system’s totals from 2011.
Shredding and recycling paper is one of many ways that Texas Health, which has been nationally recognized for its environmental programs, is committed to sustainability. Other initiatives within the Texas Health system include going paperless with paychecks, benefits handbooks and other personnel items; recycling cell phones and athletic shoes; implementing energy-reduction measures; participating in prescription drug take-back events; and safely recycling various chemicals used in lab tests.
“We’re pursuing a number of green programs throughout our health system, and all are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We’re happy to take a sustainability leadership role in the communities we serve and to extend an invitation to participate in our Earth Day ShredFest. Ultimately, the environment is the responsibility of all of us.”
According to security experts, shredding documents that contain personal information is an important step in preventing identify theft.
At the Earth Day ShredFest, most paper items – including confidential documents, notebooks, binders and brochures – can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.
Additionally, items such as CDs, DVDs, USB drives, hard drives and video/audio tape can only be accepted at the Corporate Office Tower in Arlington.
For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.