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Thank you for recycling with us this spring

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Thank you for recycling with us this spring

We received a tremendous turnout for our paper shred event this May and our eRecycling event this June.

In the past, we held our recycling events on-site at our branches. Due to their popularity, we needed to find another spot to hold these events.

We were able to partner with the City of Arnold to hold both of our 2022 events in the parking lot of the Arnold Rec Center. Traffic flowed perfectly, items were recycled without a problem and members visiting our branches didn’t have to wait to access branches or ATMs.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made these events so successful. Also, thank you to employees at Arsenal and Arnold Parks and Recreation who worked the events and made them run efficiently.

Shred Event Results

At our shred event on Saturday, May 7, we destroyed and recycled a total of 14,530 pounds of paper (7.265 tons). Thank you to Vital Records Control for providing the secure, on-site shred trucks and workers for the event.

eRecycling Results

At our eRecycling event on Saturday, June 4, we collected a total of 19,645 pounds of electronic waste (9.8225 tons). This is the most weight we’ve ever collected in Arnold and second-highest overall. Our record amount is 21,792 pounds, which we collected at our branch in Swansea, Illinois, on Sept. 13, 2014.

Thank you to Midwest Recycling Center for providing workers to collect the electronics.

The numbers add up

Over the years, we’ve collected and recycled 217,055 pounds of electronics at 29 events. We’ve collected a total of 323,308 pounds of paper at 58 events. In total, we’ve helped to save 279.2 tons of waste from ending up in landfills.

Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electric (enough to power a home for six months). It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1 metric ton of forest carbon equivalent. Over 5,000 products are made from recycled paper.