Recycle Tompkins And Challenge Held Free Shred Day November 16th

(Ithaca, NY) – For a second year, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management partnered with Challenge Workforce Solutions to offer a free Confidential Document Shred Day for all Tompkins County residents.

The event took place Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the parking lot of the Recycling and Materials Management Office at 122 Commercial Avenue, Ithaca.

County residents were invited to bring two standard file boxes – or no more than 20 pounds – of household paper documents, which were placed in locked bins to be shredded offsite. Challenge staff were be on hand to demonstrate their shredding machines and provide quotes for larger jobs. All shredded paper was then recycled.

“Tompkins County has had a long-standing contract with Challenge for the shredding of confidential documents,” said Leo Riley, Deputy Director of Recycling and Materials Management. “We look forward to partnering with Challenge for this Shred Day and promoting their services to the general public.”

Established in 1968, Challenge is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities and other barriers. Its in-house shredding operation provides valuable training opportunities for prevocational program participants while offering the industry’s most competitive rates.

The Shred Day event was held to mark America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Staff from the Department of Recycling and Materials Management were available to answer questions and provide information on items accepted for curbside recycling and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. 

Contact: Jeremy Betterley, Communications Coordinator for TC Recycling and Materials Management, 607-273-6632 or Evan D. Williams, Marketing & Development Associate at Challenge Workforce Solutions, 607-272-8990 ext. 168.