Radford University Recycling Hosts Bi-Annual Shred-A-Thon

3 min read Grab your old homework, or whatever you want to get rid of, and get it shredded at Radford’s Shred-A-Thon Oct. 4. 


Paper is shredded, soaked in water, then pulped, and then recycled.


By: Taylor Poff | tpoff6@radford.edu

Grab your old homework, or whatever you want to get rid of, and get it shredded at Radford’s Shred-A-Thon Oct. 4. 

Nearing the month of October, Radford University Recycling and Radford University Sustainability are gearing up for National Campus Sustainability Month.

To kick it off, RU Sustainability organized another Campus Sustainability Week for the Radford community.

During this week, there will be many activities and opportunities for students and staff to promote sustainability and environmental health. Within this week, RU Recycling is hosting its biannual Shred-A-Thon which they hold every Spring and Fall.

The Shred-A-Thon will be at the Heth clock plaza Friday, Oct. 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. RU Recycling is hosting this event to provide students and staff with a safe and secure way to shred and recycle unwanted or confidential documents.

The Shred-A-Thon is a free campus-wide event available to any campus staff or students with a valid Radford University ID.

The Shred-A-Thon provides students with a safe way to dispose of unwanted documents.

Even though this event is free, there are some important guidelines to note. First, if any faculty, student, or staff member is bringing in more than twenty boxes of paper, they are required to contact the office of RU Recycling before the event to set up appropriate accommodations. 

Secondly, all paper must be office paper. Any document that is laminated or has a wax or plastic coating cannot be shredded or used for recycling.

RU Recycling is partnering with a company called Shred-It to accommodate all of the incoming participant’s paper. Shred-It brings a large truck to campus that collects all of the documents and then takes them back to their company for shredding and recycling. For safety reasons, the truck will not be shredding paper on-site.

After all of the documents have been shredded, they are soaked in water and then go through a process called pulping, which turns the shredded paper into second-grade paper. Second-grade paper is what paper towels, tissue paper, toilet paper, and paper plates are made of.

RU Recycling Coordinator, Neal Thompson, spoke of last April’s Shred-A-Thon as a success. They received 50 visitors and were pleased with the outcome. 

“Shred-A-Thon is not only an easy way to get rid of all of your documents, but it is also a secure way to get rid of them,” Thompson said.

During the Shred-A-Thon event in April, RU Recycling received help from some outstanding students. One of which is currently a senior, Dre Chambers.

The shredded paper is stored in a cargo container and picked up by Shred-It.

Chambers described the event as a great way to help the environment and is planning on volunteering once again during the upcoming event this Fall with the help of his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi.

If students or staff members have any further questions regarding the Shred-A-Thon or other Campus Sustainability Week events, check out the RU Recycling website.

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Photo Credit: (Taylor Poff | The Tartan)

Featured Image: (Paper is shredded, soaked in water, then pulped, and then recycled.)

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