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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Celebrate America Recycles Day with paper shred event, online pledge to do more

Lexington residents can celebrate America Recycles Day by taking part in a free paper shred event Saturday, Nov. 10 and by taking an online pledge to recycle more.

The free paper shred event will take place at the old landfill pad, 1631 Old Frankfort Pike, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is a joint collaboration between Lexington’s Division of Waste Management, the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission and Cintas Document Management.

Fayette County residents can have up to five boxes of personal documents shredded on site for free. Paper clips and staples are fine, but please remove 3 ring binders or large clips. No businesses, please.

While there is no charge for the shredding service, participants are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items for God’s Pantry and new, unwrapped toys for the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. Most needed food items are canned meat, canned fruit, soup, canned beans, tomato products and baby formula. Please do not bring items packed in glass.

The paper will be shredded on-site and recycled by CINTAS into low grade paper products, such as tissue paper. Cardboard boxes will be collected and sent to the Lexington Recycling Center. Entrance to the event will be through Jimmie Campbell Drive only. Participants will exit onto Old Frankfort Pike in front of the landfill pad. You can follow the Live Green Lexington flags to the shredding location.

Fayette County residents are also encouraged to fill out the America Recycles Day pledge where they can promise to learn more about recycling programs in Lexington and to recycle more. The pledge is found here.

Participants can win prizes such as America Recycles day t-shirts, reusable shopping bags, and a $50 gift from Good Foods Market and Café consisting of household products – all made out of recycled and/or compostable materials.

America Recycles Day, on Nov. 15 annually, is an initiative to encourage people to recycle more at home, at work and on the go. America Recycles Day is a program of national non-profit Keep America Beautiful.

For information on recycling in Lexington, click here or call LexCall at 3-1-1 or 425-2255.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.