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Keep Newnan Beautiful Hosting Paper Shredding Event on January 14

Keep Newnan Beautiful is hosting a paper shredding event on January 14, 2023. The event is held four times a year behind Newnan City Hall at 25 LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan. This event is open to city and county residents from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on scheduled days. The first three bags (13 gallon white bags) or boxes (banker size boxes) are free,and after that, the cost is $3 per bag or box. Out-of-county residents are charged $6 per bag or box. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. 

Page Beckwith, Keep Newnan Beautiful director shared some tips with us on reasons to shred your paper: 

“There are many reasons to shred your paper. Most people shred their documents for personal security. Others do it to reduce waste in the landfill.  When you recycle your paper, you provide post-consumer fiber, which helps to reduce the amount of virgin paper needed, thus reducing land disturbance. Our current contractor takes the shredded paper from our KNB events…to a facility that produces toilet paper. 

“Post-consumer fiber (PCF) is paper material that has been thrown away and recycled after someone has used it. It was once the paper that contained a memo, book report, catalogue, instruction manual, or even that pesky parking ticket. Post-consumer reclaimed material is reclaimed from a consumer or commercial product that has been used for its intended purpose by individuals, households, or commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product. Post-consumer fibers constitute a much larger portion of the paper value chain. We have to collect the material, treat it, and design quality materials with it. This involves collaborating with external organizations, local municipal governments, or landfill operators to make systematic changes for diverting paper waste from landfills and closing the loop. The process maximizes value chains by feeding recycled materials back into production. Paper degrading in landfills, for example, creates methane that increases greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing it in new products can help curb this impact on the environment, because it means fewer paper products collected in landfills. Using recycled materials at paper mills instead of using virgin fibers also saves enough energy to power at least 85,000 U.S. homes for a year.”

Providing post-consumer fiber is an easy way for you to help reduce your impact on the environment and help keep Newnan beautiful.For more details on Keep Newnan Beautiful click here.