SHRED EVIDENCE! WeHo Hosts Free Document Shredding and Electronic Waste Collection

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The City of West Hollywood is hosting a free document shredding and electronic waste collection event for residents and businesses. The free document and hard drive shredding and electronic waste collection event will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center employee parking lot, located at 355 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Bring confidential files and unwanted electronics, including hard drives, for shredding and recycling. The e-waste will be handled by certified electronics recycler, Homeboy Recycling, in a way that protects the planet and keeps data safe while creating jobs for people in the region facing serious barriers to employment. All electronics are accepted, with the exception of hazardous materials, large appliances, thermostats, light bulbs, and batteries.

Homeboy Recycling beings their process by weighing and sorting all electronic devices received. All items with sensitive data are flagged for Secure Data Destruction. Working devices then go to our Reuse Department and non-working devices go to our Materials Recovery Department. They believe the highest form of recycling is reuse. Many of the items that they receive still have useful life left in them. When permitted by customers, they repair and refurbish those devices to rigorous R2 standards of functionality, then put them back out into the market. The sale of pre-owned electronics keeps electronics out of landfills, decreases consumption of natural resources, and supplies low cost devices that can help bridge the digital divide. Reuse also creates more and higher skilled jobs than materials recovery. Electronics that have no useful life left in them are recycled responsibly in accordance with their industry-leading R2 certification. They partner with specialized and certified material recovery facilities to ensure that the valuable natural resources contained in electronics are reprocessed into new goods. This reduces the need to mine new resources. Electronics are responsible for a large percentage of toxins in our landfills. To protect our soil, water, and air, they have an Environmental, Health and Safety Policy and robust EH&S Management System.

Document shredding as well as hard drive shredding will be done on-site, so participants can watch their documents and hard drives being destroyed.

For more information, please contact Matt Magener, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6894 or at mmagener@weho.org.

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