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‘Shred to Save Day’ proves success

April 29, 2013
BUBBA KAPRAL - Managing Editor , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- "Making the world a little greener." Such is the catch phrase of Belco Works.

If Saturday is any indication, it is making the world a great deal greener.

Belco Works held its "Shred to Save Day' Saturday at Riesbeck's in St. Clairsville, as an Arbor Day event. Buoyed by gorgeous spring weather, the organization's mobile shredder was greeted by an early and huge turnout.

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THESE?BELCO?Works employees were some of the individuals taking part in the annual Shred to Save event Saturday at?Riesbeck’s in?St. Clairsville. Pictured in front is Tina Burdess. Second row, from left, are Sherri?Marlin, Jodie Stewart and Erik Keylor. In back are Lloyd McManus, Mike Parkinson and Dion Saffell.

The annual event offered free document destruction, be it old bank statements, tax records or the like. Individuals were limited to a maximum of 75 pounds.

"The most we have ever done in previous years was 8,000 pounds," said Sherri Marlin, Belco Works production manager. "We probably have more than half that amount already."

That assessment was made shortly after 11 a.m. The shredding went from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The turnout has been great. Last year we were hampered by bad weather," Marlin added. "This is a great community service and it also makes the public aware of our mobile destruction business."

While Saturday's shredding was staged as a public service, Belco Works' mobile unit is a thriving business. Marlin said the shredder travels within a 50-mile radius, working with all types of businesses and organizations.

"We would also like do to more such as helping out with community cleanups," said Marlin, who has been overseeing the operation for 14 years.

Once shredded, Belco Works delivers its product to recyclers in the Canton/Massillon area and on occasion in Toronto. People may also drop off items to be shredded at Belco's St. Clairsville facility.

All those dropping off items for shredding Saturday received a free tree seedling and the first 50 were given a Shred to Save t-shirt.

Anyone wishing additional information on shredding should call Belco Works at 740-695-0500 ext. 160.

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