The next Northland Community Shredding Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the parking lot of Menards, 1805 Morse Road.
In addition to destroying personal papers to keep them out of the hands of identity thieves, the 17th semi-annual event also will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Fireproof Records Center's mobile shredding unit will be on site to destroy confidential documents, computer disks and other material at no charge.
There is a limit of five boxes or paper bags of items to be shredded.
Those wishing to avail themselves of the service are asked to bring three nonperishable food items for donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
This will mark the first time the shredding day has been held at Menards, according to Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy.
"We're excited to be able to use the space," he said last week.
He added that he's been hoping to have one of the spring or fall shredding days at the home improvement store because of its central location, but corporate approval was only recently granted. He scheduled the May 17 event after store officials reached out to him.
A special addition to this Community Shredding Day will be an opportunity to recycle electronic waste offered by Recycle Girl Ohio, a "social enterprise recycling e-waste and providing job training for formerly incarcerated men and women," according to the volunteer organization's Facebook page.
"It kind of makes it more full-service," Remy said.
Recycle Girl Ohio collects unwanted consumer and business electronic products and equipment, including computers, computer components, televisions, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, tapes, CDs, stereos, telephones, cellphones, PDAs, cameras, chargers, power adapters, printers, copiers, scanners, FAX machines, ink and toner cartridges, networking equipment such as servers and routers, cable cords and connectors, lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries, digital cable boxes, MP3 players, videogame systems, stereo equipment, audio-video equipment and appliances such as microwaves, fitness equipment and vacuums.
A donation and disposal fee of $10 is required for CRT computer monitors and television sets.
More information about Recycle Girl Ohio is available via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 937-360-1547.
The Northland Community Shredding Day is presented by the Northland Community Council, Menards, Recycle Girl Ohio and the Northland Area Business Association State Route 161 Task Force.
It is endorsed by the Columbus Division of Police and receives support from Fireproof Records Center and the Ink Well.