VERO BEACH — The Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District is partnering with Southeast Secure Shredding and Waste Management to bring residents free paper shredding services on April 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southeast Secure Shredding in Vero Beach.

This event is open to all residents of Indian River County, but not businesses.

Each vehicle may bring up to three boxes/bags of paper weighing up to 35 pounds each. Residents may bring old receipts, tax information or any other sensitive documents. Staples and paperclips are acceptable. Remove hanging folders, binders, or any other items that could get caught in the shredder blades.

Pre-shredded paper will also be accepted, so if you have a shredder at home, you may bring up to three bags of pre-shredded paper.

After the paper is shredded and baled, it will be sent to a paper mill to be recycled into toilet paper. Participation helps bring Indian River County closer to the statewide goal of recycling 75% of the county’s waste.

Shredded paper cannot be recycled at the county’s Customer Convenience Centers or in curbside recycling bins. Its small size makes it difficult to process with other single-stream recyclables and it often falls into the wrong containers. Because of this, SWDD suggests that you tear up your documents whenever possible and don’t shred more paper than necessary.

Confidential information that needs to be shredded should normally be discarded in the trash after shredding at home, or brought to a local business that will shred and recycle your paper for a fee. For this event, residents can have those sensitive documents shredded and recycled free of charge.

April 22 is Earth Day, and the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District says this is a good time to think about how we can responsibly reduce the garbage in our landfills.

Plastic items like carryout bags, bubble wrap, produce bags, and product overwrap can be brought to any of the five Customer Convenience Centers and the main county landfill for recycling.

Old paint cans, fertilizers, fluorescent light bulbs, used motor oil, Styrofoam, and other hazardous household products can be disposed of safely by dropping them off at the main county landfill or at the Customer Convenience Centers year-round.

The free residential paper shredding event will take place on April 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Southeast Secure Shredding, 3910 US 1, Vero Beach.

The Customer Convenience Centers are located at 7860 130th St., Roseland (closed Tues. and Wed.); 3955 65th St., Vero Beach (closed Tues. and Wed.); 4901 41st St., Vero Beach (closed Tues. and Wed.); 950 1st Pl., Vero Beach (closed Wed. and Thurs.); and 12510 County Road 512, Fellsmere (closed Wed. and Thurs.).

The main county landfill is located at 1325 74th Ave. SW, Vero Beach. It is open seven days per week, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the event or recycling in general, visit www.ircrecycles.com or call (772) 226-3212.

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