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City and County partner for Wipe Out Waste Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Contact: E. Nadine Ford, 704-201-2201
Nadine.Ford@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

In the old days, disposing of those ancient cans of paint, batteries and other hazardous materials was as easy as throwing out a few boxes of long-canceled checks and other personal documents: You just dumped it all in the trash, sent it to the curb, and forgot about it.

In the new era where protecting personal information and the environment is equally important, there is a much better solution to getting rid of that dangerous stuff, and on the upcoming Wipe Out Waste (WOW) Day, you can do it safely and for free thanks to Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Services.

On WOW Day, all four Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Centers will be shredding household documents for no charge on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. until noon as part of a partnership with City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services. Document destruction specialists Shred-it, Automated Shredding Inc. and document management experts DataChambers will be on hand -- along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department -- to ensure that your documents are disposed of safely and securely. The first 50 residents to bring items to each recycling center will receive special giveaways.
 
Those other household hazardous wastes, such as old paint, chemicals, and batteries, will also be accepted for safe disposal. Not sure what to bring? Visit http://www.wipeoutwaste.com or call E. Nadine Ford at 704-201-2201 for detailed information about what you can bring for disposal.

Mecklenburg County’s Full Service Recycling Center locations and shredding vendors for the day:

North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Yard Waste (Shred-it) 12300 N. Statesville Rd.
West Mecklenburg Recycling Center (Shred-it) 8440 Byrum Dr.
Hickory Grove Recycling Center and Yard Waste (DataChambers) 8007 Pence Rd.
Foxhole Recycling Center and Yard Waste (Automated Shredding Inc.) 17131 Lancaster Hwy.