Pair of shredding events scheduled in Canastota

By Paul Ploumis

CANASTOTA — In addition to a scheduled October shred event in Hamilton, the Madison County Department of Solid Waste has added another shred event in September at the Buyea Road Residential Station.

The Dept. of Solid Waste invites residents to attend either event, making sure to follow necessary safety precautions — staying in your vehicle at all times and putting the materials to be shredded in a location where the event staff can easily access them. Shredding events will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Buyea Road Residential Station 6666 Buyea Road in Canastota and Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Parry’s parking lot in Hamilton 100 Utica St., Hamilton.

Residents can bring a maximum of four filing boxes per vehicle of personal and confidential documents to be shredded.

Due to the success of the Spring shred event, this rule will be enforced to ensure as many people as possible can be served. Material should be loose in boxes or paper bags and easily accessible in the back of the vehicle.

Empty boxes will be returned to the vehicle; please do not put items in plastic bags. Bank statements, medical paperwork and documents with personal information such as social security numbers, credit card information and account numbers are ideal for shredding. Junk mail, magazines, phone books or other envelopes with only the home address should go directly into the paper recycling bin. Business waste will not be accepted.

“This past May, we had a record turnout at our Spring shred event. We hope that by adding an additional shred event in September, we can safely and efficiently meet the needs of our community who rely on these events for secure disposal of their confidential documents,” said Madison County Recycling Coordinator Kristin Welch. “The material collected will be recycled into other paper products. Residents will be able to protect their personal information and, at the same time, help us rethink waste here in Madison County.”

In addition to the shred events, the Dept. of Solid Waste is working with LOJO Technology to host Saturday drop-offs for electronic waste. Residents looking to recycle electronics such as computers and TVs can take their materials to LOJO Technology (634 Birchwood Drive, Oneida) year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: July 17 and Oct. 2.

Business waste will not be accepted.

Visit MadisonCountyRecycles.ny.gov for more information on the department’s special programs or follow their Facebook page at Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling.