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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 5:45 pm

As Earth Day approaches the Parish of St. Benedict is giving all Ahwatukee Foothills residents a chance to be a little more environmentally friendly with a free shredding and electronic recycling event on Saturday.

This is the parish’s second shredding event. Last year the group allowed residents to bring items for shredding from 8 a.m. until noon, and in the end the two trucks from Shred-It and Westech Recyclers were filled to beyond capacity.

“They ended up having to haul boxes that they couldn’t shred on site because we were just that busy,” said Suzanne Percy, development director at St. Benedicts.

This year, because the drive is closer to Earth Day, the church could only get one truck to come so shredding will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no cost to drop off items, but any donations will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at the parish, which helps local families make ends meet.

Percy said the shredding event was started as an expansion of parish-wide stewardship efforts.

“Every couple months we spend learning and discerning different ways of being disciples and being grateful for the gifts we’ve been given,” Percy said. “In this case we spent two months talking about environmental stewardship and how that affects us as Catholics. We are called to be grateful for the gifts we’ve been given on earth and the resources that are here. It kind of came out of that. As a parish we’re an extremely environmentally friendly parish. This is just another way to give our community a way to take care of the resources they have and use them or reuse them or recycle them wisely.”

The trucks will begin shredding at 8 a.m. on April 21 at 16223 S. 48th St., and Percy recommends arriving early.

Westech Recyclers will accept electronic items for recycling including computer equipment, point of sale equipment, telecom equipment, printing equipment, audio/visual equipment, electronic components, household appliances and surplus metals, wire and cable.

Shred-It will shred any human resources documents, accounting and information technology documents, sales and marketing documents, research documents and any contracts or records. Shred-It recommends a comprehensive “shred all” policy. There’s no need to remove paper clips or staples before shredding but batteries, sharp objects, ink cartridges, large metal objects, cardboard tubes, syringes and electrical items cannot be shredded. CDs, hard drives, backup magnetic tapes, computer backups, zip disks, USB sticks, X-rays, video tapes, cassette tapes, product samples and prototypes can be destroyed on request.

For a complete list of items that are allowed or not allowed, visit and find “ecological discipleship” under “discipleship.” For more information, call (480) 961-1610.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or

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