Friday, August 7, 2020

Community Shred-a-Thon & Electronics Recycling On Sunday (UPDATED)

Rep. Greg Harris says via email:

"Do you have sensitive documents or used electronics that you need to safely and securely dispose of? Representative Greg Harris and Alderman Matt Martin are hosting a Community Shred-a-Thon this Sunday. The event, also sponsored by Senators Sara Feigenholtz and Heather Steans, Representative Ann Williams, Commissioner Bridget Degnan, Jewel and Midway Moving and Storage,* will be held:

4250 N. Lincoln Ave, the Jewel Parking Lot
Sunday, August 9th, 10am – 1pm

MASKS ARE REQUIRED and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

To help ease congestion and limit in-person contact, we recommend you sign up for an appointment time in advance. Sign up for your appointment at the following link:

If you have been holding on to old documents, this is your chance to safely dispose of them without worrying about them falling into prying hands. We will shred your unwanted personal, financial or confidential documents for FREE.

Please be sure to remove large staples, paper clips, binder clips, and laminate covers from all documents. Due to high demand, we ask that you limit shredding items to one box per person.

A truck will also be on-site to take old electronics you wish to recycle. Accepted items include computers, monitors, TVs, printers/scanners, keyboards and mice, VCRs, DVD players, video game consoles, portable music players, cable and satellite receivers and small-scale servers.

Please note that if you're attending for electronics recycling only, it's possible that the truck will fill to capacity before the end of the day. Once the truck is full, no more electronics will be accepted. An appointment does not guarantee you space in the truck."

UU Note:  In the past, Midway has been particular about what kinds of paper it shreds. It will not accept: "Glossy pamphlets, glossy flyers, glossy brochures, newspapers, magazines, plastic bags or sleeves, bubble-insulated envelopes, credit and ID cards, license plates, cardboard (including hardcovers of books and composition folders), three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, plastic file covers, hanging file folders, accordion folders, paper towels, napkins, tissues, CDs, X-rays, blueprints, Styrofoam, prescription medicine bottles, and electronics or hard drives of any kind."

UPDATE:  Matt Martin put out a special newsletter today to say that all appointments filled up in less than an hour. He offered additional appointments, which also immediately filled up.

"For individuals who sign up using these additional appointments, when you sign up you will be asked whether you are planning to bring an electronic to recycle or just items to shred. Individuals who are bringing electronics will be directed to the Jewel parking as usual. As a reminder, an appointment does not guarantee that there will be space on the truck for your item.

If you are bringing shreddable items only, we ask that you instead bring your documents to the Fifth Third Bank parking lot at 3940 N Damen Ave. There you can drop off your documents, which our staff will transport to the Jewel parking to be shredded. We are considering these as overflow appointments, and individuals who have already registered should still report to the Jewel as originally instructed.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. We will have very limited capacity for walk-in appointments at our Jewel location. We may need to turn away walk-ins if a crowd starts to form to make sure everyone who attends can do so safely. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to find an efficient way to safely serve as many people as possible."

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