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Event Canceled! West Hartford to Hold Paper Shredding, Cardboard and Electronics Recycling Event

Paper shredding, as well as electronics and cardboard recycling will take place at West Hartford Town Hall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The Town of West Hartford will host a cardboard and electronics recycling and paper shredding event at Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 8. This event has been canceled due to the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.

Courtesy Take 2 Recycling (we-ha.com file photo)

By Ronni Newton

Update: 

This event has been canceled.

Original story

West Hartford’s Department of Public Works typically holds a large paper-shredding event as part of Public Works Day in May, but that event was canceled in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town officials said that the public has been asking for paper shredding, and the decision was made to hold an event in the Town Hall parking lot, which will include the collection of cardboard and electronics for recycling as well.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Public Works and held in partnership with Take 2 Electronics and Valley Green Shredding, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon, in the parking lot of West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St. Vehicles will enter from the South Main Street entrance and exit onto Raymond Road.

The collection may end earlier if capacity is reached, Katherine Breer Bruns, the town’s recycling coordinator, said.

Acceptable items will include:

  • Electronic waste: computers, cell phones, printers, and small appliances. A complete list can be found on the PDF below or at Take2recycle.com.
  • Cardboard
  • Paper to shred

The following COVID-19 safety precautions must be followed by residents, Bruns said:

  • Stay in your car
  • Wear a mask
  • Material must be in vehicle trunks or pickup truck beds. It is important that items are in easily accessible areas, separate from the cabin of the vehicle to ensure social distancing while removing items. In addition, only items being disposed of should be in this area of the vehicle.
  • Take 2 Electronics, Valley Green Shredding, and DPW staff will remove material from residents’ vehicles wearing gloves and masks
  • When called on, residents should open the trunks and stay in the car
  • Shredding will be drop and go, and waiting is not required while paper is being shredded.

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