Many of us have piles of paper we no longer need, but are reluctant to recycle or dispose of because of sensitive information. Employees at our Fairmont (West Virginia) pulp mill recently teamed up with Summit Brokerage Service, a nearby financial firm, to offer the community a solution. They hosted a “Declare Your Independence from Paper Clutter” shredding event for community members to bring their documents to be securely destroyed free of charge. Over two tons of waste paper were kept out of the landfill! The shredded material was transported to our Fairmont mill to be used in the production of recycled bleached kraft pulp.
“It was a fantastic shred day,” said Rebecca DiClemente, Business Development and Training Leader at Fairmont. ”We collected 4,080 pounds of paper in a two-hour window. Since the first community shred day was jointly organized with Summit last July, the Fairmont mill has held 19 of these events throughout North Central West Virginia, collecting 38,880 pounds of paper. Additional events are being planned, as the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.”
“Resolute is real community-minded,” said Phil Burton, owner of Summit Brokerage Service, in a recent article in the Times West Virginian. “With this particular administration that they have, they really try to get involved with the community, and I think they do a wonderful service for humankind. We applaud what they do by taking all of this scrap paper that our society generates and doing something useful with it.”
Congratulations to the Fairmont team for promoting sustainability in their community!