Upshur boards plan paper-shredding event

Upshur County commissioners joined with the Solid Waste Authority to declare April as “Make It Shine” month in the county.

As part of the celebration of having a cleaner county, the SWA, the city of Buckhannon and Wendy’s will sponsor a free paper-shredding day at the Crossroads Recycling Center next to Walmart on April 19 and 20. Times for the event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday.

Solid Waste Authority Director Burl Smith said “everything from canceled checks to old love letters” can be securely shredded by Cintas Corp., which has been asked to handle the task. There is no charge for the shredding.

During those hours of operation, which will take place rain or shine, people can bring their items and have them shredded by a certified Cintas employee. All documents will be monitored and protected through the service.

“Identity theft is a growing threat for individuals and businesses across the nation,” said Karen Carnahan, the president and Chief Operating Officer of Cintas’ document management division. “This event will bring awareness of proper document management to the community and provide them with a secure method to safely dispose of information. More importantly, it will provide individuals with the peace of mind that their sensitive information will not end up in the wrong hands.”

There also will be giveaways and other promotions during the two-day event.

Smith said the city of Buckhannon typically collects 14,000 tons of waste annually and another 700 tons of recycled materials.

He also urged local residents to consider adopting a stretch of highway. The state honors those groups who clean 2 miles or more of highway with a sign. Smith said there are about 20 such groups within Upshur County.

“When the snow finally melts, that’s when you see all of the litter,” added Solid Waste Authority board member Joyce Harris-Thacker.