Fifth Annual Shred Fest Tears it Up

The University of Rochester’s fifth annual Shred Fest event took place on Friday, July 17th and, once again, it was very successful. Shred Fest offers a convenient way for members of the University to get rid of their personal information in a secure manner. Each year, the University works with Iron Mountain, a company that specializes in secure document shredding. The company brings in a large shred truck, in which totes full of paper are shredded on-site and then taken to be recycled.

During the course of the eight hour collection event, the truck was filled twice. The shredded paper in the first truck weighed 9,280 pounds. The second truckload weighed in at 5,670 pounds bringing the grand total to 14,940 pounds, or 7.5 tons, of securely shredded documents. In the first hour alone, 35 totes were filled with paper and by 12:30, 100 totes were filled. Overall, 138 total totes of paper were collected and shred.

Patrick Hamilton of Iron Mountain

Carol Personte, from University Advancement, said, “I love that you’re doing this and it makes it so convenient for us. This is wonderful!” Another member of the university staff brought a staggering 30 years’ worth of personal documents to shred this year.

Patrick Hamilton from Iron Mountain has been present to operate the shred truck during each annual event and once again, was with us for this year’s event. Patrick humorously remarked,  “It’s always an event.” He has always been extremely helpful and works very hard throughout the event each year.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event for yet another year. It’s not too early to start saving up your documents to be shred next year! To see more pictures of the event, visit our Facebook album.


Written by Mariah Greico, Class of 2018

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