Shred Day Returns to Protect Your Identity and the Environment

September 18, 2015

Crystal City - Shred Day returns to Mercy Hospital Jefferson on September 19 with a special twist to benefit children with terminal illnesses.

Area residents are invited to protect their identities and help the environment by safely and securely disposing of paper documents for shredding and electronic items and appliances for recycling from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the front parking lot at the hospital.

At the Shred Day event, Mercy’s Walk for Wishes team will be accepting donations to support the Make a Wish Foundation fund-raiser. Secure shredding for paper documents like old bills, letters and other personal information is free, but any cash or check donations for Make A Wish will be accepted.

One free television per vehicle will be accepted at the event. There will be a $20 recycling fee for each additional television set up to 27 inches and a $40 fee for console televisions and any TVs larger than 28 inches 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.

Other 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 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 short list of electronics and other items that will not be accepted includes: alkaline batteries, smoke detectors, VHS tapes, light bulbs, chemicals, paints or solvents.

For more information call event coordinator Alicia Peters at 636-933-1684.

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