Towson University held its annual All-Shred event on March 18 and collected more than twice the amount recycled last year. A&F collectively contributed about 80 percent of the record breaking 10,000 pounds of paper shredded, thanks largely in part to OTS and OHR.
The event helped faculty and staff and the university, as it was held during RecycleMania. RecycleMania is a recycling competition that pits TU against other universities to see who can recycle the most. The more items recycled, the better—so the five tons of recycling collected during the All-Shred event greatly benefited TU’s cause. The event also enabled faculty and staff to shred excess documents without spending money or taking up valuable work time. Can you imagine how long it would take to shred 5 tons of documents using a small, personal machine?
“We had about 150 boxes full of outdated documents, and we otherwise would have had to hire an outside company and organize a shredding event ourselves,” said OHR Associate Director Kristi Yowell. “OHR plans to use the service every year from here on out. This is a great initiative; it saves individual departments like ours time and money.”
Campus Planning & Sustainability Manager Paddy Watson already has plans for future shredding events. Smaller shredding events will be held throughout the year, and the next big shredding event will be March 16, 2016. In the interim, departments with shredding needs are encouraged to reach out to Emily Shaw, All-Shred representative, at 301-874-1480.
Written by Tyler New; photos by Rose Brusaferro