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Residents Safely Shred 12.11 Tons of Sensitive Documents at Bi-Annual Paper Shredding Event

The Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways, in partnership with the Municipal Services Facility hosted the first of two Paper Shredding Events over the weekend. On Saturday April 10th, 430 vehicles delivered more than 12.11 tons of sensitive documents to MSF for secure shredding. The event was held at Municipal Services Facility, located at 85 Old Northport Road, in Kings Park. 

“I’d like to first thank our DEW team, and MSF personnel, who provided friendly and fast service to our fellow residents. The flow of vehicles was steady all day long and our community members were extremely grateful for the service. The shredding events have become increasingly popular for Smithtown Residents and we look forward to our next one in September.” – David Barnes, Director of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways

Over the course of Saturday, a total of 430 vehicles pulled into Smithtown’s Municipal Service Facility to safely and securely dispose of over 12.11 tons of sensitive documents. The record holder for this event was in September of 2020, with 440 households and more than sixteen tons of sensitive documents safely shredded. However, due to the peak of the Coronavirus Pandemic in April of 2020, the town only hosted the one shredding event last year. 

“We saw about three times the normal volume from our 2019 events, before covid hit. We anticipated this based on last year’s numbers, and made adjustments to staffing and a second shredding truck. The residents were grateful for the expedited service, virtually no wait times and friendly door to shredder service courtesy of DEW and MSF staff. I’d also like to thank Supervisor Wehrheim and the Town Board for supporting this bi-annual event each year.” – Michael Engelmann, Solid Waste Coordinator

Residents were asked to wear face masks and to remain in vehicles in an effort to practice safety & social distancing guidelines, and in protection of the public’s health amid the coronavirus. Additional staff and a second industrial shredder truck were incorporated into this year’s event to ensure fast and efficient service for residents. All personal documents were safely destroyed by Data Shredding Service, Inc., a full-service confidential shredding service located on Corporate Drive in Hauppauge. 

The next paper shredding event is scheduled for September 25, 2021 from 9AM – 3PM at Municipal Services Facility (MSF) located at 85 Old Northport Road in Kings Park, NY.

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