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Sustainability Event on May 12 - FREE shredding, e-recycling, shoe donation

Wednesday May 2, 2012

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville –Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) has a simple question: have you ever wanted to just rip something to shreds and then be done with it? If that is the case, then you might want to take advantage of a practical and secure way to rid yourself of something unwanted.

“Shredding is the best way to rid yourself of old documents you no longer need but do not know how to get rid of securely,” says Ward-Pugh. “Once it is shredded, then it can be recycled which saves room in the landfill and repurposes the shredded material to a new item.”

On Saturday, May 12th, the 9th District will host another FREE Sustainability Event which will include shredding, e-recycling and shoe donation. The event is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Mellwood Arts Center, located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue.

“We have made it easy for folks to participate because this is a drive thru event,” says Ward-Pugh. “We need volunteers to help us direct people through the drop off line and take donations by unloading vehicles.”

The event will cover three areas where donations will be accepted.

Shredding by Shred-It:
Bring personal and confidential documents no longer needed to be shredded and then recycled.There is no limit on the amount of material residents may bring. Businesses will not be allowed to participate in this event. Items that can be brought for shredding include: documents, discs, hard drives, credit cards and other confidential materials.

E-Recycling by ECO-Cell: Acceptable items include handheld electronics—cell phones, cell phone accessories, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players, handheld game systems, GPS handheld units, laptops, e-readers and portable hard drives.

Shoe Donation by EDGE Outreach: Collected shoes have two purposes; keep used shoes out of landfills and raise money for water projects. Once collected, EDGE sells the shoes to an exporter generating money for training and water projects in developing countries. Any type of shoes can be donated regardless of their condition as long as the top part of the shoe is still attached to the sole. Pair the shoes together by tying the laces or with string or rubber bands.

“If you have been spring cleaning and have been looking for ways to get rid of old papers no longer needed, out dated handheld electronics or shoes in a way that helps the environment, we can help” says Ward-Pugh.

To sign-up to volunteer please contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9