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11TH Annual Shred Day Saves 810 Trees
Monday, April 29, 2013 10:05 AM


San Antonio based SACU recently partnered with ARMA of San Antonio (Association of Records Managers and Administrators), WOAI News4 and five shred companies to help San Antonio residents save an estimated 810 trees at the 11th Annual Shred Day.

The public brought almost 48 tons of sensitive documents to be securely shredded. Although this is a free event, an estimated 1,750 participants donated $2,623 that will be divided between Credit Unions for Kids and ARMA Scholarship and Education programs.

SACU hosts this event annually on the Saturday in April following Tax Day. Commercial shredding companies donated the services of their trucks to make the event possible: Marshall Shredding, Iron Mountain, Cintas, Ranger and Compass. Some of these shred companies also provide the service on an as-needed basis for individuals and small businesses for a nominal cost.

“Destroying sensitive papers safely benefits the environment and our communities,” Paige Ramsey-Palmer, SACU corporate communications officer, said. This reduces the risk of ID theft, and the EPA estimates that one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and enough energy to heat an average home for 6 months. This year’s Shred Day saved trees and also saved an estimated 3.3 million gallons of water, 143 cubic yards of landfill and enough energy to heat an average home for 23 years.