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By Lookout Staff

January 24, 2018 -- Those who have confidential documents to toss can have them safely shredded this Saturday at Santa Monica's City Yards.

The service offered by the City's Resource Recovery & Recycling Division from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. also accepts electronic waste.

Each resident can bring as many as five file boxes no larger than 12 inches by 17 inches by 9 inches for shredding, City officials said.

"The documents will be commercially shredded by the trained, licensed and bonded document destruction specialists from Confidential Data Destruction," officials said.

The shredded documents will be recycled into new paper products, which reduces the need for landfill space and new lumber."

Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year, or about 680 pounds per person, most of it packaging and junk mail, according to studies cited by the University of Southern Indiana.

Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees that can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
Recycling also reduces the cost of producing paper by 50 to 80 percent, compared to using new pulp.

In addition to paper shredding, residents can recycle unwanted electronics, including computers, monitors, copiers, fax machines, printers and televisions.

For more information, visit the Resource Recovery & Recycling Division’s website or call (310) 458-2223.


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