Free Shred Day in Riverview open to Downriver residents

DAVE GORGONRiverview Register

Area residents looking for a safe and secure way to destroy confidential personal paper documents are invited to Free Shred Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Riverview Land Preserve, 20863 Grange.

Up to three “banker boxes” of documents may be brought to the land preserve for shredding on site using a shredding truck.

The drive-through event will destroy such documents as receipts, bank statements, medical records, old tax documents, utility invoices and credit card offers – items that contain sensitive information (such as name, address, social security numbers, account numbers, etc.) that the resident no longer needs.

Jeff Dobek, assistant city manager in Riverview and director of the Land Preserve, said Shred Day promotes recycling, keeping paper out of landfills, and is a great way to fight identity theft.

The shredded paper will be recycled. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,000 kilowatts of energy – enough to power the average home for six months.

“Instead of ending up in a landfill, the documents will be shredded, taken away and recycled,” Dobek said.

The event will be held rain or shine. 

Rubber bands, paperclips, staples and folders should not be removed from documents being shredded. No businesses or binders, please.

At the Riverview Land Preserve, “we’re always looking for ways to improve and operate the finest modern-day landfill,” Dobek said. “We’re also committed to local residents, customers and our community partners to providing high-quality recycling options to protect environmental resources.”

Free Shred Day is “our contribution to the communities that we work with every day,” he said. “We want to do our part. We’re the Downriver communities’ repository.”

The Riverview Land Preserve is a Michigan-based, licensed, Type II (non-hazardous) solid waste landfill facility owned and operated by the city since 1968. The facility design and operation exceed both state and federal regulations, making it possible to manage a variety of non-hazardous wastes in an environmentally responsible manner.

The Riverview Land Preserve facilities and services are designed to meet the needs of municipal, commercial and industrial clients. The site is an important regional resource that serves Riverview and the Downriver communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Rockwood, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.

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