Dauphin County Commissioners and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to host free paper shredding event in celebration of Earth Day

HARRISBURG, PA (April 5, 2018) – As Earth Day marks its 48th anniversary, Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter, the AKA Foundation of Central Pennsylvania,  and the county’s Waste Management and Recycling Department will host a free paper shredding day from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Dauphin County Recycling Center (DCRC). 

“Every year, we try to do something special for our residents in honor of Earth Day,’’ said Pries, who oversees the county’s Waste Management and Recycling Department. “This year, we’re teaming up with Alpha Kappa Alpha to offer free paper shredding - a popular service – at no cost to residents and businesses.’’

Paper shredding usually costs $5 per box at the DCRC.

"Alpha Kappa Alpha is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our neighbors throughout greater Harrisburg - including preventing the perils of fraud, identity theft and information insecurity through proper document disposal and recycling," said Anize Appel, Ed. D., president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter. "We applaud Dauphin County leadership for making this Earth Day event possible and are pleased to be a part of this unique initiative."

Paper dropped off for shredding should be boxed and any staples or fasteners larger than a half inch must be removed.

“This one-day event is part of our ongoing effort to increase recycling,” said Haste. “Last year, more than 17,000 residents used the center – a 48 percent increase from 2014 – and recycled 1.9 million pounds of paper, including newspaper, cardboard, office paper and books.”

Dauphin County residents also can recycle electronics, such as telephones, televisions, DVD players, printers, answer machines and more, for free at the DCRC. The facility also accepts unwanted appliances that function by electric or gas current for a minimal fee, packaging and food service containers, polystyrene foam #6 and compact fluorescent bulbs.

“Our goal is to make ‘going green’ as simple and convenient as possible for everyone,” said Hartwick. “We appreciate the partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha to keep our county clean and green.”

Located off S. Cameron Street in Harrisburg, inside the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex, the DCRC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. 

For more information about the DCRC’s recycling programs, please call the center at 717-982-6772 or visit the county’s Web site at www.DauphinCounty.org.