CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Shred Day returns to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in September to allow area residents the opportunity to protect their identities and help the environment at the same time.
The annual event will accept paper documents for shredding and electronic items and appliances for safe disposal from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the front parking lot at the hospital.
Free, secure shredding will be available for paper documents like old bills, letters and other personal information. Computer monitors will be recycled for no charge and one television per car will be accepted free of charge, but multiple televisions will cost $15 each, because of the special environmental hazards they cause. The fees are used to cover the cost of properly recycling the lead and mercury content in the screens.
Electronic items will also be accepted for recycling. Any type of appliance or electronic item that has a cord or battery can be dangerous for the environment if it is disposed of improperly. The list of those type of items is endless, but may include stereo equipment, phones, video equipment, video games, computers, lab and medical equipment, copiers, microwaves, etc.
Lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other gasoline-powered appliances may be dropped off as long as the gas has been removed.
The recycling company will protect private information by shredding computer hard drives. The service is free, but for those who request a certificate of destruction from the company, the cost is $5.
For more information call event coordinator Alicia Peters at 636-933-1684.