Texas Health Resources, Shred-it Offer Free Service for Residents to Securely Dispose of Household Documents
04/11/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources is joining with Shred-it to provide a free, environmentally-friendly document-shredding service to local communities in support of Earth Day. Texas Health hospitals in 12 North Texas communities will host the “shredding event” on Saturday, April 23, the day after Earth Day, to enable local residents to dispose of household documents in a secure manner and, at the same time, recycle 100 percent of the shredded paper.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Enhancing the quality of our environment is an important part of improving health. This event is one example of the many 'green' programs we’re pursuing across our health system that are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment. By securely shredding documents, we can recycle thousands of tons of material each year that would otherwise go to landfills.”

According to security experts, shredding household documents that contain personal information is one of the steps people can take to prevent identify theft. Texas Health hospitals secure and dispose of millions of paper documents each month.

A bonded representative will set up and operate a mobile shredding unit in the hospitals’ parking lots from 9 a.m. to noon April 23. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper documents per household to be securely shredded and recycled. Metal clips and staples do not need to be removed, but cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted.

Participating locations are:

  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
  • Texas Health Resources headquarters

For maps and directions, visit TexasHealth.org, click on “Locations,” and select the location you want. Then click on “Maps and Directions” for complete driving directions.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.