Big turnout expected at return of Carmel’s shredding, recycling event 


Sue Maki expects the Community Shred-it and Electronics Recycling Day to be quite busy in Carmel.

“It’s a very popular event. This year we’re afraid we’re going to get slammed because it was canceled last year because of the pandemic,” said Maki, City of Carmel manager of environmental initiatives and education. “Based on the number of inquiry phone calls we’ve gotten both at the Carmel Utilities and the Carmel Police Dept., we know it’s going to be very crowded. Of the central Indiana locations, Carmel is the biggest one.”

The shredding, electronics recycling, prescription and bulk item drop-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. Other locations for the event include Lawrence, Greenwood, downtown Indianapolis and Speedway.

Maki said 2013 was the first year Carmel Green Teens joined forces with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana and electronics recycling was added to the shredding event.

“It was a success and Technology Recycling then expanded to participate in central Indiana locations and has been a key participant ever since,” Maki said. “It’s a regional event and anyone can go to any of the events in central Indiana. It’s not just for Carmel residents.”

One exception: the bulk item drop-off is for Carmel residents only, so an ID or Carmel Utilities bill is needed.

Examples of items to drop off include lawn equipment, carpet, furniture, grills (no propane tanks), water heaters, swing sets and mattresses. Space is limited and items are accepted on a first come, first served basis. No electronic waste or freon-containing appliances are accepted in bulk item disposal. Those items are accepted in electronics recycling.

Among the items not accepted are paints, light bulbs, tires, landscape waste and toxic or household hazardous waste.

The event is being sponsored by a team of organizations including AARP, Carmel Utilities, CPD, Shred-it and WISH-TV.

“People have been cleaning out their garages, and they have piles of stuff and boxes of shredding and they’re ready,” Maki said.

Shredding prevents identity theft, as most identity information is still obtained through hard copy paper sources. Shredding significantly reduces the risk when disposing of confidential information. It is recommended persons shred any documents that include a signature, account number, social security number, medical or legal information. The professional shredding is sponsored by Shred-it to benefit Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. A donation is requested of $5 per banker-box size container or equivalent.

The following items will be accepted for recycling: computers, servers, peripherals, wiring, cable, battery backups, monitors, televisions ($20 charge per monitor or TV), electronics, phones, stereos, headsets, DVD players, small appliances, IT equipment, office equipment industrial electronics, test equipment, medical equipment and large appliances. 

New this year is that only credit cards will be accepted for payment and donations.

Also at the event, uniformed officers will accept pharmaceuticals for proper disposal, sponsored by Walgreens. Properly removing unused and expired medicines from the home helps protect the environment and the community by keeping them out of the water supply and reducing accidental poisoning and prescription drug abuse. 


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