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K-State Today

October 25, 2011

K-State Shred Day collects 6.5 tons of paper

Submitted by Harvard Townsend

Boxes of paper await shredding on the back of a Document Resources truck

The second annual Shred Day, Oct. 18 on the Manhattan and Salina campuses, was a success again this year. Document Resources Inc. collected 12,870 pounds of paper products – nearly 6.5 tons – from 33 departments in 328 boxes, bags and containers. This is one ton more than the amount collected last year. The papers, much of them containing sensitive information, will be shredded into tiny particles, compressed into large bricks and recycled.

The purpose of Shred Day, which is conducted each year during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, is twofold: to properly dispose of paper containing sensitive information, and to raise awareness of the need to protect information on paper as diligently as we protect electronic information. The Oct. 18 Shred Day was clearly a success on both counts. This 6.5 tons translates into well more than 1 million sheets of paper, so there are that many fewer sheets with sensitive information that might accidentally end up in a trash can or recycling bin.

The next Shred Day will be in October 2012. Departments can also contract with Document Resources to regularly collect sensitive papers for proper disposal rather than wait for the annual event. 

Many thanks to iTAC for picking up material to be shredded from many departments; to Document Resources for their hard work and professionalism; and to everyone at K-State who took the time to sort through boxes, files and piles to properly dispose of sensitive information. K-State’s information is more secure as a result.