Lower participation in Shred Day allows for personal service

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by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 27, 2019) – Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans partnered with Walgreens and ComEd to offer a free post-tax-season Shred Day for Lansing residents on Saturday, April 27—the same day as Community Clean-Up Day. The event was held at the Lansing Public Library, and pre-event publicity limited each participant to two bags of documents. However, Saturday’s weather was miserable enough to limit participation, so the restrictions turned out not to be necessary.

Lansing resident Micaela Smith (right) is Marcus Evans’ assistant, and she was onsite helping would-be shredders on Saturday morning. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Because the crowds were minimal, Ed from Iron Mountain Shredding could offer car-side service, so participants didn’t have to get rained on. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Shred Day is a convenience for people who don’t have a home shredder, or who have a high enough quantity of documents to exceed a home shredder’s capacity. As Ed from Ion Mountain demonstrates, industrial strength shredding equipment can make quick work of a barrel’s worth of documents:

ComEd, another sponsor of the event, set up a table near the library door, and offered giveaways and information about free energy assessments, solar power, and other ways to save money.

ComEd, another sponsor of Shred Day, also had a representative available to discuss cost-saving energy options with residents. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Evans is the State Representative for the 33rd district, which includes parts of the Burnside and Chatham neighborhoods of Chicago as well as the suburbs of Burnham, Calumet City, Lansing, Lynwood, and Sauk Village.