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Sanibel venue offers community chance to get rid of documents securely

July 11, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The final Community Shredding Day of the year at The Community House is coming up.

On July 14, the venue will host its third and last event for 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon in its north lot, located across the street from the facility in front of the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater. The cost is $5 per box and bag, with both residents and businesses welcome to stop by and dispose of any paperwork.

Volunteer Marge Meek explained that they started offering the events for two reasons.

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The Community House will host a Community Shredding Day on July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in the north lot, across the street from the facility. Cost is $5 per box or bag.

"It was in response to kind of an ecological challenge that we gave ourselves to have people safely and securely bring their papers to one spot and they can actually watch it be shredded, so we don't throw things like that into landfills," she said.

The Community House uses Secure Shredding, based out of Cape Coral.

"It's totally manned by volunteers, plus the driver of the truck," Meek said of the events.

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Participants are asked to take binder clips and large-sized paperclips off any papers.

"Any kind of metal, if they can get that off, that would be great," she said.

The driver can answer if something can be shredded or not, so simply bring it out.

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If you go


Community Shredding Day


July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon


North lot of The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel


Cost is $5 per box and bag

"Please put everything in a box or bag," Meek said. "We ask that people take their boxes and bags with them."

There is a limit of four boxes or bags per person, but more is accepted with advance notice.

With the same notice, companies are permitted to dispose of multiple boxes or bags.

"Many businesses use the shredding once or twice a year to clean out their offices and get rid of some unnecessary paperwork," she said. "And people do that with their income taxes and paperwork."

Those bringing large loads should plan on coming later at 11 a.m.

With the $5 donation, the events serve as a mini-fundraiser for The Community House.

"They probably bring in several hundreds of dollars, sometimes over a $1,000 even," Meek said.

She noted that the they are held in January, April and July.

Participants are asked to enter via the driveway next to Dunlop Road. After pulling up in a vehicle, volunteers will help them remove their paperwork, which is thrown in the shredder on the truck.

Participants then exit via the driveway nearest to the Sanibel Bean.

Those who want to witness their paperwork being shredded are asked to park in the lot.

Meek welcomed the community take advantage of the service.

"It supports The Community House, but it also frees up a lot of time," she said of having to shred paperwork at home using a small device.

For more information, call 239-472-2155 or visit online

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way.



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