Shred Your Papers, Help Your Neighbors

ImageOn Saturday, April 26 Greenwich Green & Clean and Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board (GRAB) are planning a Paper Shredding Day. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of your sensitive documents without tediously shredding them yourselves or risking identity theft by sending them off with the newspapers.

The event is sponsored by First Bank of Greenwich and Santaguida Sanitation, and takes place in the Island Beach Parking lot from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is the ideal opportunity to shred financial and credit card statements, old legal, tax and state documents, old medical records, or old social security records.

ImageHelp Your Neighbors
While in the past the cost has been $1.00 per box of paper, there is an the option of donating one can of Tuna or Fruit for each box of paper. Cans will be donated to Neighbor-to-Neighbor. At a recent visit to the food pantry, Executive Director Nancy Coughlin explained that when levels of donated food run thin, the non-profit uses their limited budget to fill the gaps.

Image“Everyone gets enough to make nutritious meals. If we don’t have what’s on the list, we go buy it. Kings Food Markets gives us a deep discount,” Coughlin said. “We also use donated funds for bread, milk and meat which are not donated.”

Coughlin said Neighbor to Neighbor also visits the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County where the bulk rate they’re charged is a great help. In the summer families receive a ‘summer supplement’ if they normally get free or reduced lunch. In that sense, Coughlin explained, “We take a double hit in the summer.”

ImageCoughlin explained there is a seasonality to the inventory levels in the food pantry. In February and March donations slow down. Then in the spring when more people are outdoors conducting food drives, the pantry is replenished.

Notes on Paper Shredding
The box size 12″ x 18″ x 12″ with a maximum of 8 boxes per car. Residents are asked to remove all metal and plastic paper clips, bindings, report covers, cardboard, pendaflex. Staples are ok.

Want to Get Rid of Your Old Cell Phone?
While you’re at it on the 26th, drop off your old cell phones and GRAB will send them to be recycled. Alternately, you can drop old cell phones in recycling drop boxes around Town all year long at The First Bank of Greenwich in Cos Cob, Perrot Library in OG, Holly Hill E-waste in Byram, New England Cleaners in Greenwich, Greenwich Green & Clean at Pemberwick Park.

More information on recycling in Greenwich is available on the Town website.
Neighbor to Neighbor is located in the Christ Church Annex at 248 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

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