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Residents Lose 87,000 Excess Pounds at Community Event

May 23, 2014

Pile of computers and monitors on parking lot  
Computers and monitors were among the 80,000
pounds of items collected at the Recycling and
Paper Shredding event hosted by the City of
Wildwood and STLCC in early May.

How can a community lose 87,000 pounds in one day? It was easy, thanks to a community recycling event sponsored by the City of Wildwood and St. Louis Community College.

“It’s great that you’re doing this!”  That was the response of the people who took advantage of the free recycling and paper shredding event held on May 3. Over 800 cars pulled onto the college campus during the morning with loads of old documents, files, papers, empty pill bottles, TVs, computers, radios, and other electronics.

“We had a steady flow of traffic from the minute we opened the lines until the end of the event at noon,” said Debbie Ward, coordinator for Public Information and Marketing at STLCC-Wildwood. “I think the whole City was doing spring cleaning, and everyone seemed happy to have a chance to get rid of the things piling up in their houses in a responsible way.”

For the past four years, the campus has partnered with the City of Wildwood to offer a recycling event in the spring and a paper shredding event in the fall.  This spring, the two events were combined, and it was a huge success.

“I just wonder where it all comes from?” remarked Andrea Kuhnert-Heyer who organized the event on behalf of the City. “Year after year, there seems to be no shortage of things to recycle. We had people bring papers from the 1950’s!”

Forty volunteers from local boy scout troops, the Lions Club,  and Lafayette and Eureka High schools  joined together to help unload the cars and keep things moving. Visitors marveled at how well the event was organized, and how fast cars were unloaded.

During the four-hour event, 30,300 lbs of paper were shredded on-site by Cintas. The ability to have their documents shredded immediately was important to many of the people who came.

57,647 pounds of electronics were collected by Midwest Recycling Center. MRC Recycling is a national and state certified recycling company and uses best practices to ensure environmental safety and identity theft protection.

The City and the college plan to host an identical event for the community next spring.