Texas Health Plano, Shred-it Offer Free Service for Residents to Securely Dispose of Household Documents

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano 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.

“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,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “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.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “Providing an opportunity for our friends and neighbors to securely dispose of paper documents in an environmentally-friendly way is a part of living that mission.”

A bonded representative will set up and operate a mobile shredding unit in the hospital's parking lots from 9 a.m. to noon on 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.

About Texas Health Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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.