Annual shred event diverts over two tons of paper from landfill

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

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The 2016 Free Shred Event on Wednesday, June 22, drew 124 cars and produced 4,260 pounds of shredded material. Organized by University Archives at the Hesburgh Library, the popular event provided an opportunity for Notre Dame faculty and staff to responsibly dispose of sensitive documents. 

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After shredding, the material was bundled and then recycled by Shred-It, the university’s shredding provider. Notre Dame Recycling also removed additional broken-down boxes participants left to be recycled. Traffic flow help was provided by Notre Dame Parking Services.

The annual shred event is just one of the many diversion actions Notre Dame is taking in order to meet its goals of a 50% landfill diversion rate by 2016, and 67% by 2030. Other programs like Old2Gold, FurnishND, and the electronics recycling program help to supplement every day actions of the campus community like recycling, using reusable bags and water bottles, and avoiding other over packaged goods.