'Clean Out Your Files' Day Set For April 11

Jackson County employees unload just a little of the 8.5 tons of recyclables that the County collected during "Clean Out Your Files Day" 2007 .

MARCH 14, 2008 -- Reduce... Reuse... Recycle... Jackson County employees are encouraged to do all three as part of the County's initiative to be environmentally conscientious year-round. Recycling will be atop the County's agenda Friday, April 11, as all employees throughout Jackson County are invited to participate in "Clean Out Your Files Day."

As in previous years, the County will have containers -- at both the Kansas City Courthouse and the Independence Courthouse Annex -- for office paper, newspapers, magazines, books, CD's/DVD's and computer disks (all sensitive paper and computer media will be shredded).

This year County employees will be recycling much more than paper. They'll also be recycling household batteries; car batteries; old, unusable paint; fluorescent light bulbs; printer toner and ink cartridges; and non-working electronics and computers.The County is also encouraging employees, if they don't have curbside recycling pickup, to bring in their recyclables (excluding all electronic and computer items) from home.

Shred Time is again donating trucks (one in each location) and shredders for the County's effort, just as it has in past years. All of Jackson County's departments, including Courts, collected more than 17,000 pounds (8.5 tons) of recyclables as part of Clean Out Your Files Day 2007.

For many years, Jackson County has led the largest "Clean Out Your Files" events in the nation and has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.



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