SWA considers document-shredding options

RIDGWAY – At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, discussion on how to provide a document-shredding event for the public continued. Area residents have increasingly requested the ability to shred documents that they feel are too sensitive for more simple recycling. The authority had previously discussed how to go about securing a company to come in and provide this service; most are not in the area and would charge for the cost of shredding plus travel time. Although the public does not pay for such events, they do cost money, and Elk County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner said generally companies, service groups or others pay for the service. Marc J. and Susan Gelfand, owners of Archives Management Warehouse (AMW) in Brockport, made a presentation to the authority on the possibility of coordinating with their business to bring document-shredding services to Elk County residents. "Our facility is in Brockport and we're right inside the Elk County line there. We don't have a mobile truck that travels. We do all our shredding onsite," Marc Gelfand said. "So, we had maybe talked about having a 'shred day,' having everyone from the county [come to us], but it sounds like people are reluctant to travel that far, so the other option I thought you were discussing is having something either in Ridgway or St. Marys." Gelfand said he has been considering creating a mobile shredding unit through the purchase of a trailer and a generator to provide that type of service. He said the business already has a truck that is capable of hauling the shredding machine; he would just need to get a generator of the proper capacity to run the machine. "We would be interested in doing that if we knew you were going to have these things on an ongoing basis that would make it worthwhile for us to invest in that additional equipment, and then we could provide that type of service at whatever location you wanted," he said. Gelfand said AMW would also offer a better price than a Pittsburgh company that the authority had previously spoken to when researching the matter. He said according to reports, that company offered a three-hour event for $200 per hour, as well as $200 per hour for three hour's worth of travel time. Gelfand said he would offer the same price of $200 per hour but without charging for travel time. "Right off the get-go, it would be $600 cheaper," Gelfand said.He said if the authority was willing to spend the originally estimated $1,200 on the event, he could extend it from three hours to six hours for the benefit of county residents. Titchner said she talked to the gentleman who originally approached her about a shred day because he wanted various service groups to help with the cost. She said the event would be "a community service" and the authority would not get anything from it other than offering county residents the ability to destroy confidential documents.