Recycle Ann Arbor launching secure document shredding service at Drop-Off Station
Local nonprofit Recycle Ann Arbor has announced it will be launching a secure document-shredding service effective Sept. 1.
The shredding service will cost $4 per grocery bag and $6 per banker's box. A grocery bag typically holds about 16 pounds of paper, putting the price per pound at 25 cents.
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Factoring in a $3 entry fee, one full bag of documents will cost about 44 cents per pound to shred.
The shredding service will utilize lock boxes for security. When customers arrive at the station, they will need to stop at the gatehouse, pay the appropriate fee, then they will be directed into the barn area and a staff member will accompany them to a lock box location.
Customers will be asked to show their receipts, and then they will be able to place their paperwork into a secure lock box.
Once the lock box is full, it will be transported a short distance to NPR Recycling in Romulus, where the documents will be shredded on site.
A certificate of destruction is available upon request.
Customers also can bring a wide range of other types of waste to the Drop-Off Station site, where Recycle Ann Arbor works to limit the amount of material sent to landfills. According to Recycle Ann Arbor, about 50 percent of all material brought to the station is sent for recycling.
The station recycles automotive fluids, mattresses, paper, cardboard, tires, metals, yard waste, concrete, electronics, plastics, glass and other smaller materials, including ink cartridges.
Recycle Ann Arbor encourages customers bringing documents for shredding to maximize their visit by bringing other materials for recycling.
The Drop-Off Station also provides a hard-drive shredding service.
Recycle Ann Arbor's facility at 7891 Jackson Road still conducts live shredding events every second Saturday of the month from April through November and does not charge the $3 entry fee. Customers wishing to see their documents destroyed on the spot can attend those events.
The same prices of $6 per banker box and $4 per grocery bag apply.
The Drop-Off Station is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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