Free Community Shredding Event at Texas Health Plano
04/15/2013

PLANO, Texas — Have your papers to be shredded piled up over the last year? Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will host a free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m. to noon April 20.

The Shred-it truck will be stationed in the parking lot at the corner of Parker Road and Communications Drive. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled. Last year’s shredding event at Texas Health Plano resulted in 5.3 tons of materials being recycled.

“We are pleased to provide this service free to our community,” said Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N, hospital president.

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.

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.

“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 Resources. “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.

For more information, visit www.TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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 www.texashealth.org.