AARP chapter wants documents taken to the shredder

MORROW — Hey, guess what old bank statements and tax returns? It’s time you faced the music.

Well, actually it’s time to face the shredder.

The Jonesboro-based Chapter 5440 of AARP will partner with the City of Morrow to hold a document-shredding and electronics-recycling event Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road.

The chapter, whose members hail from Clayton and Henry counties, have a dual purpose for the event, though. In addition to a community shred, it will serve as a food drive for two local food pantries run by Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services and the county’s Kinship Care Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.

Anyone who comes by the event can have documents shredding and electronic devices recycled for free if they also bring at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the food pantries.

“This is a community event that allows people to dispose of old documents while supporting two good organizations at the same time,” said organizer Mary Thompson.

Residents who stop by can have any old documents shredded that contain personal information, ranging from financial statements, to tax returns, utility bills and credit card applications.

Electronics items which will be accepted for free include personal computers, floppy drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, PC power supplies and monitors, keyboards, computer mouses, laptops, printers, fax machines, copiers, stereos, VCR and CD players, typewriters, scanners, test equipment, networking equipment, modems, UPS batteries, cell phones, home phones, microwaves and cabling.

Shredders will also be recycled for free.

There will be a $10 to recycle television sets. All cables are asked to be separated from the devices, and placed in a bag, before they are brought in for recycling.