East Texans brought in thousands of pounds of paper documents and small electronics for Super Shredder Day on Wednesday sponsored by KYTX CBS19 TV in Tyler and Longview.
This marked the fourth year that CBS19 has conducted Super Shredder Day twice a year to recycle paper products and electronics in its parking lot at Troup Highway and Loop 323 in Tyler.
The event was expanded Wednesday for the first time to Longview, where it was conducted at the station’s news bureau in Austin Bank building on Loop 281, as well as in Tyler.
“It’s done as a community service. … It was so successful the first couple of times we did it that we decided to keep it as something we do,” John Gaston, vice president and general manager of CBS19, said.
There was “a steady stream all day long” of people bringing in paper products to be shredded and household electronics to be recycled, Lorri Allen, CBS19 news director, said.
“It gets a little heavier at certain points like lunch and early morning and rush hour,” she observed.
“People are thrilled to have this service. They are thanking us both in Tyler and Longview for providing this service,” she added.
The service was free to the public.
CBS19 was assisted in providing the shredder services by Ark-La-Tex Shredding Co. and in providing the electronic recycling service by STS Electronic Recycling.
People brought in an estimated 60,000 pounds of paper products in Tyler and at least 22,000 pounds in Longview, Ms. Allen said, based on information from Alan Fouse, spokesman for Ark-La-Tex Shredding.
Papers brought in for shredding, according to CBS19, included magazines, legal documents, accounting documents and other papers bearing names, addresses and social security numbers that people wanted shredded to avoid identity theft.
Electronics accepted included computers, printers, scanners, copiers, radios, telephones, keyboards, modems, fax machines, projectors and digital cameras.
Television sets were not accepted but some people brought them anyway, so CB19 called the Salvation Army, who picked them up, Ms. Allen said.
The next Super Shredding Day will be in late April on a day to be announced, she said.