Nearly 300 Downriver residents took part in the Riverview Land Preserve’s recent Community Shred Day at the Grange Road facility.
The free drive-through event provided an opportunity for local residents to shred confidential paper materials such as receipts, bank statements, medical records and tax documents.
Officials estimated more than 1,000 boxes of paper items were processed during the day. Documents were securely shredded on-site. The shredded paper was not disposed of at the landfill, but was recycled through one of the land preserve’s recycling vendors.
Participants included residents of Riverview, Southgate, Trenton, Woodhaven, Allen Park, Flat Rock, Lincoln Park, Rockwood, Taylor, Woodhaven and the townships of Brownstown and Grosse Ile.
One visiting recycler called the shred day “a lifesaver” since the person’s recycling day had been cancelled. The person complimented the operators of the land preserve, saying “it looks like it is well maintained.”
Land preserve officials said 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.
Jeffrey Kugelman, sales and marketing manager of the Riverview Land Preserve said, “Community shred day was a time of engagement of surrounding communities outside of Riverview – in a time of need. If you go back to summer with COVID-19, a lot of people were cleaning out houses, file cabinets, garages – things of that nature.
“Combine that with some communities cancelling their shred day really made the overflow come to Riverview to participate in our shred day. It was a huge success with more than 1,000 boxes of materials and about 300 residents participating.
“We received a lot of thank yous for having the event in light of other Downriver communities cancelling their events. We’re happy we were able to offer that. We had a very impactful day. It was very non-stop.”
Although shred day was open to all Downriver residents, many asked about regular recycling at the Riverview Land Preserve, which is limited to Riverview residents at this time.
Land preserve hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The facility is closed on Sunday.
Future shred days and other news is posted on the Riverview Land Preserve’s Facebook page and on the website riverviewlandpreserve.com.