Free Community Shredding Event to Mark Earth Day
04/08/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas — In 2012, Texas Health Resources shredded and recycled more than 693,000 reams of paper – enough to save almost 30,000 trees and more than 5,000 cubic yards of landfill, almost doubling the system’s totals from 2011. Texas Health is now inviting all members of the DFW community to join in by shredding and recycling their own paper at the free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m.-noon April 20 at 13 Texas Health Resources facilities across the Metroplex.

A representative and truck from Shred-it will be outside each of the 13 facilities. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled.

Shredding and recycling paper is one of many ways that Texas Health, which has been nationally recognized for its environmental programs, is committed to sustainability. Other initiatives within the Texas Health system include going paperless with paychecks, benefits handbooks and other personnel items; recycling cell phones and athletic shoes; implementing energy-reduction measures; participating in prescription drug take-back events; and safely recycling various chemicals used in lab tests. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital provides food waste to the University of Texas at Arlington to compost and use with campus landscaping.

“We’re pursuing a number of green programs throughout our health system, and all are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “We’re happy to take a sustainability leadership role in the communities we serve and to extend an invitation to participate in our Earth Day ShredFest. Ultimately, the environment is the responsibility of all of us.”

According to security experts, shredding documents that contain personal information is an important step in preventing identify theft.

At the Earth Day ShredFest, most paper items — including confidential documents, notebooks, binders and brochures — can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.

Additionally, items such as CDs, DVDs, USB drives, hard drives and video/audio tape can only be accepted at the Corporate Office Tower in Arlington.

The 13 participating Texas Health locations are:

  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital (800 W. Randol Mill Road, 76012)
    Shred-it truck: Parking lot off Cooper Street by the south garage Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle (108 Denver Trail, 76020)
    Shred-it truck: Front-entrance parking lot Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne (201 Walls Drive, 76033)
    Shred-it truck: In the Professional Office Building parking lot, on the southwest corner of the campus Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth (1301 Pennsylvania Ave., 76104)
    Shred-it truck: Parking lot at the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and West Rosedale Street Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B (1600 Hospital Parkway, 76021)
    Shred-it truck: West side of campus, off Hospital Parkway by the Women’s Center entrance Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth (6100 Harris Parkway, 76132)
    Shred-it truck: Near the front entrance of employee parking, upper level Map
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville (411 N. Belknap St., 76401)
    Shred-it truck: Parking lot on hospital’s southeast side Map
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen (1105 Central Expressway North, 75013)
    Shred-it truck: Near the hospital’s front entrance Map
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas (8200 Walnut Lane, 75231)
    Shred-it truck: West side of the Support Services Building, near the emergency room entrance Map
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton (3000 North I-35, 76201)
    Shred-it truck: Parking lot by the pond Map
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman (850 Highway 243 West, 75142)
    Shred-it truck: Parking lot at hospital’s front entrance Map
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano (6200 Parker Road, 75093)
    Shred-it truck: Northeast parking lot at the corner of Parker Road and Communications Drive Map
  • Texas Health Resources Arlington corporate headquarters (612 E. Lamar Blvd., 76011)
    Shred-it truck: Near the building’s south entrance Map

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 25 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, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health 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.