For the first time, the UChicago Office of Sustainability teamed with Fourth Ward Ald. William Burns and Midway Movers to encourage residents to recycle electronic items and shred and recycle documents. With two trucks of shredded paper, and 6 tons (12,518 lbs) of collected e-waste, the Shred-A-Thon was an absolute success! A big thanks to all community members who recycled responsibly, and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!
Held on July 19 at Kenwood Academy, Shred-a-Thon allowed participants a safe and secure way to destroy unneeded paper documents and responsibly dispose of electronic gadgets. Midway Movers offered an environmentally-friendly approach to document disposal, while the UChicago Office of Sustainability collected old computers and various electronic appliances.
Ald. Burns hosted the community’s first Shred-a-Thon event in autumn 2011 with a goal to encourage reuse and recycling in the Fourth Ward community. In 2013, the e-waste recycling component was added to the event. Starting this year, Ald. Burns decided to rotate the program to different sections of the community to ensure all Fourth Ward residents have access to this community resource.
Participation has grown every year as more become aware of the program. In fact, staffers in Ald. Burns office say they get calls each spring from residents eager to safely dispose of old papers and electronic items, and the events are now held three times a year. The Office of Sustainability was thrilled to collaborate with the Alderman’s office and Midway Movers to provide the highest level of sustainable services to the surrounding community.