Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shred and recycle paper - for environment and safety

Calgarians are being urged to protect their personal information and the environment at the same time by recycling shredded paper.

“Shredded paper can be properly recycled in blue carts or at community recycling depots,” says Paula Magdich, The City’s Blue Cart Recycling Program Leader. “People just need to remember to place it in a clear plastic bag so it can be easily separated at the recycling sorting facility.”

Shredding paper prior to recycling is a way to protect oneself from identity theft, one of the fastest-growing crimes in Canada.

Throwing unopened mail in a recycling bin can put you at great risk for criminals using your information to impersonate you and engage in other fraudulent activity at your expense.

The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) has partnered with the Calgary Police Service, the RCMP and Shred It to host several public shredding events, providing Calgarians an opportunity to get rid of personal documents the right way.

Shredding events open to citizens (not businesses) will be held on:
Saturday, March 13, 2010, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the following locations:
  • AMA Calgary Sunridge centre: 3650 - 20 Ave. N.E.
  • AMA Shawnessy centre: 600 85 Shawville Blvd. S.E.
  • AMA Crowfoot Crossing 130 Crowfoot Tc. N.W. (Southeast of Montana’s)
Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at:
  • AMA Calgary Main centre: 4700 17 Ave. S.W.
  • Southcentre Mall: 100 Anderson Rd. S.E.)
  • Calgary Police Service District 1 Ramsay Office:1010 26 Ave. S.E.
Recycle shredded paper by:
  • Placing it in a clear plastic bag and tying the bag closed.
  • You can use any clear bag – see-through produce bags, bread bags and even dry cleaning bags will do the trick.
  • Shredded credit cards and CDs are not recyclable. They should be placed in the garbage.

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