Our Spring Shred & E-waste that happened this past Saturday at Minnie Gant Elementary was super fun and super successful.
So successful in fact, we filled the truck before 11 am and the event was supposed to run to 1 pm! Brian of Southern California Shredding provided a workable solution by offering to off-load and then return to continue shredding. Everyone was patiently understanding and many decided to trust the volunteer PTA parents by dropping off their documents for later shredding. And those PTA parents! What a terrific Green Team!
It seems everyone and their brother, and my competitors, decided to hold a Shred on the same day, so not only were we short on shredding trucks, we were short on paid manpower. The PTA jumped in to help unload files, boxes and bags. A truck holds a ton of paper so a few good men, and mostly women, moved nearly two tons of paper and broke down countless boxes.
The E-waste was just as overrun with donations, which is a very very good thing! At the end of the day more than 50 TVs and computer monitors were dropped off. There were speakers, printers, remotes, phones, small appliances and who knows what else.
And let's talk about that other type of donation, the kind that comes in the green variety. The steady stream of cars were filled with satisfied shredders happy to donate to the PTA, and they did so generously.
I love these events because everyone comes out a winner. People get to quickly and safely dispose of their sensitive documents, the schools raise some much needed cash, and I get to meet, or often anymore, re-meet potential clients with real estate needs. My small gift of carmel candies, reminding everyone of my ability to negotiate a 'sweet' deal, seemed to be a crowd pleaser.
The collecting of batteries, for later disposal at EDCO's Household waste Event on the second Saturday of the month, is my personal 'green' project. I started this four shred events ago and the buckets keep multiplying. Collecting the caustic batteries made me realize the importance of their safe disposal. This event filled eight 5-gallon buckets to a level I can lift. At the next event, I will gladly take a pat on the back for the effort, but better yet, think to throw a few coins in the donation bucket along with those batteries.
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Leah and Victoria
PTA Prez Allison Stordahl
Joel Schoen, a former PTA President at Emerson supporting the Shred Event
School Safety checking out the Shred
Chuck G being really green at the Gant Shred
Gant Green Team Member Andrew Trist
Unloading at the Gant Shred Event
Mike D is happy for the shred service
Pamela W, a former Green Team Leader, pays us a visit
So many batteries to recycle!
Gant Gators Helping at the Shred
Me helping, just a little, at the Shred