What to expect at NBC4’s Shred-It Day

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — NBC4 and Shred-It Columbus are teaming up for Shred-It Day this Saturday, May 13th.

If you haven’t been to the event before, NBC4’s Ellie Merritt is getting you ready with what to expect. She spoke with Todd Garula, District Operations Manager for Shred-It Columbus.

“Most of our customers are relieved. It is kind of easy for them. They are able to come to this event, drop it off, it doesn’t cost them anything. And they go on their way knowing it has been handled correctly,” said Garula.

Shred-It accepts all kinds of confidential documents to be shredded, from old tax returns and financial statements to medical records and credit card receipts.

“I would recommend that people just destroy everything. Anything with their name on it, get it destroyed,” said Garula.

A few quick things to know:

  • There is a five box limit and the boxes are non-returnable.
  • Arrive early, because the event draws a crowd.
  • You can drive through and your boxes will be taken for you.
  • You don’t even have to get out of your car.

“Some of it we shred on site. On the on-site ones we gather the material. It gets put in the truck where there are shredders. They dump it. It takes probably 25 to 30 seconds to shred a box… after the material is shredded, it is brought back to our facility in Gahanna where it is then bailed and then sent to a paper mill to be re-pulped,” said Todd Garula, District Operations Manager for Shred-It Columbus.

The huge shredding trucks on-site can handle 4,000 pounds an hour, according to Garula, and what isn’t shredded on-site is kept secure and taken to Shred-It’s industrial shredder, and then recycled. Garula says 100% of the paper is recycled.

NBC4’s Shred-It Day is this Saturday, May 13th from 8am to 2pm in the Ohio Expo Center parking lots closest to Mapfre Stadium. Drivers should enter from 17th Avenue.


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