Montclair Shred-FestDo you, like my husband, have boxes of documents you no longer need? Dig them out of the basement, attic, garage—wherever they are taking up space and head to Montclair Shred-Fest on Saturday, September 21 between 10 am – 2 pm.

A paper-shredding truck will be provided free of charge by Montclair’s recycling vendor, Green Sky Industries. Residents can drive in and will be helped to unload their personal files. A closed circuit video camera mounted inside the truck will display the paper being shredded, and residents will be able to watch as it happens.

Montclair’s recyclable paper is a valuable commodity, earning us as much as $100 per ton. But if thrown out as garbage, the same paper costs the township over $85 per ton to burn at the Essex County Incinerator. Paying $85 to burn something worth $100 means we are wasting $185 per ton; as much as 5,000 tons of recyclable paper is thrown out every year in Montclair, so when we do the math, we’re actually burning almost a million dollars of our own money!

Plus, recycling not only saves money, it saves energy.

So you can recycle more, save money and energy, and clear those unneeded documents out of your home—sounds like a win-win solution to me.

Remember: confidential paper documents only. Regular paper recycling is collected curbside, or can be dropped off at the adjacent Recycling Center in the DCS Yard. Don’t worry about paper clips, staples, or envelope windows; clear scotch tape is acceptable, but not masking or duct tape.

Montclair Shredfest
Saturday, September 21 between 10 am – 2 pm.
Community Services Yard, 219 North Fullerton Avenue
The event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and it is free for all township residents.
For further information, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at (973) 509-5721, or email. 

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