The concept that America is moving toward becoming a paperless society could be challenged on Saturday, May 5.

That's when Grove City residents will again be invited to bring their documents to be safely and securely shredded as part of Community Environmental Day.

"Last year we had people bring a record amount of documents to shred, and the year before that had been a record amount," Jackson Township Service Director Rex Blair said.

"We had so many people bringing in paper last year, it was stretching the limit of the truck our partner (Ohio Mobile Shredding) had brought in."

The spring Community Environmental Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Township Administration building, 3756 Hoover Road. Jackson Township, the city of Grove City, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Local Waste Services host the event.

"Our residents really seem to appreciate having a place where they can safely get their documents shredded," Blair said. "In this day and age, everyone is worried about making sure their personal information is protected."

Some residents will watch to make sure their documents are fully shredded, he said.

"They'll keep an eye on it until they know the documents have been destroyed," Blair said.

Along with documents, residents can also bring tires (a maximum of four per household), appliances, construction and landscape materials for safe disposal.

iRecycle will be accepting computers, printers, monitors and electronics.

"It's hard to know where you can safety take your electronics, especially old televisions," Blair said. "Our event makes it easy to get rid of those type of items."

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio Restore will accept reusable building materials, appliances, furniture and decor, which it will sell at its two central Ohio stores.

More donation information is available at restoremidohio .org.

Household hazardous materials, paint and chemicals will not be accepted at environmental day. A detailed list of accepted household hazardous waste items can be found on the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's website, swaco.org.

SWACO will hold a household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 29 in Grove City.

The level of participation in Community Environmental Day events keeps growing, said Lynn Bruno, assistant township administrator.

The event is held each spring and fall, and in 2017, the combined number of vehicles that stopped by totaled 1,182 -- the first time the total was more than 1,000.

In 2017, 577 tires were collected and 33,250 pounds of paper were shredded, Bruno said. The two events collected 10,750 pounds of e-waste materials.

Blair attributed the increase in participation to "a combination of more people becoming aware of our event, although we've held the clean-up day for more than 20 years.

"And that people are just becoming more aware of the need to safely and responsibly dispose of their household items," he said.

With so many cars coming to the event, residents are encouraged to come earlier in the day rather than later, he said.

"We have to close up at 1 p.m. and we'd hate to have to turn you away," Blair said.

"We do have to do some cleanup afterward, so it's important that we stop by 1 p.m. on the dot."

After dropping off their materials, residents can enjoy a meal or snack from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., provided by Iacobucci Wood Fire Pizza, he said.

For more information about the event, call 614-277-3058 or 614-875-2742.

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