Protect Identity and Recycle Confidential Documents for Free at OCRRA’s Shred-o-Rama

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Protect Identity and Recycle Confidential Documents for Free at OCRRA’s Shred-o-Rama

Bring up to 5 boxes of household documents; non-perishable donations to CNY Food Bank encouraged


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2016) – All Onondaga County residents can protect their identities and promote recycling by bringing their confidential documents to OCRRA’s Sept. 24 paper shredding event. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Sept. 24at NBT Bank Stadium (1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse).


“Reducing confidential papers by requesting digital statements is a good first step, but for those confidential hard copy items on hand, OCRRA’s Shred-O-Rama makes it easy to protect your identity and promote recycling,” said Ann Fordock, OCRRA recycling specialist. “After the paper is shredded, it is recycled into new paper products like napkins, paper towels and toilet paper.”


The free event is supported by OCRRA and the generous donation of time and talent from two local document shredding companies, Confidata and Shred Solvers. Both companies bring mobile shredding vehicles to destroy documents on-site.


The event also provides an opportunity to give back to our local community by supporting the Food Bank of Central New York. Voluntary nonperishable food items or monetary donations are welcome.  See the list of preferred items at: 


“We are thrilled to partner with OCRRA again this fall at the paper shredding event,” said Lynn Hy, chief development officer at Food Bank of Central New York. “This fall’s event will help ensure that nutritious food is available for children, families and seniors. In addition, we will be able to offer nutrition education, advocacy and outreach services to the hungry in our eleven county service area.”


“Since the first OCRRA shredding event in 2004, more than one million pounds of personal papers have been safely shredded and recycled,” said Andrew Radin, OCRRA director of recycling and waste reduction. “For more than a dozen years, the Onondaga County community has been preventing identity theft and pollution at the Shred-o-Rama.  A special thanks goes out to Onondaga County Parks and the Syracuse Chief’s Management who make these events convenient by allowing OCRRA the use of the stadium’s spacious parking lot.”



Personal records from a household such as medical documents, bank information, tax documents and other items containing account numbers or private details are ideal for drop off. Attendees do not need a reservation and there is no charge.


Participants should:

  1. Bring no more than five boxes of documents generated or received at home, per vehicle. Only materials generated at home will be accepted. Materials from businesses are not accepted at this event.*
  2. Enter the stadium parking lot from the Grant Boulevard / Hiawatha Boulevardintersection. 
  3. Pack confidential documents, loosely, in durable boxes, containers or paper bags. Avoid bringing items in plastic bags as they slow down the shredding process.
    Remove binders or other non-paper contaminants.
  4. Stay in their vehicle.


There is no need for participants to exit their vehicles as the event is full service; staff unloads all vehicles. From entrance to exit, wait times average between five and ten minutes.



*Workplaces in need of shredding services should visit or contact a shredding service.


About OCRRA: OCRRA is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to deliver a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents.

OCRRA’s system includes: a strong recycling and composting program, a foundation for local waste disposal at the Waste-to-Energy Facility, two convenient trash and recycling drop off sites, a robust education component and programs for hard to manage materials, such as household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing devices.


OCRRA’s award-winning programs are funded by trash drop-off fees and the sale of electricity generated at the Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Learn more and get involved at, or follow us on Facebook.



About The Food Bank of CNY:Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 250 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 15,158,866 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America.


For more information on how you can get involved in the fight against hunger visit



Kristen Lawton, OCRRA Public Information Officer,
(315) 295-0733,


Lynn Hy, Food Bank of CNY Director of Philanthropy & Development,
(315) 437-1899,

Post Date

Sep 13th 2016