Barrington DPW shreds tons of paper

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Barrington residents brought tons of stuff to the Department of Public Works on Saturday.

Literally.

The department’s community paper shred event once again proved popular. The day allows local residents the chance to drop off any paper they wish to be rid of. While these products can be recycled any week in normal trash collection, the Shred-It event (as the name implies) helps dispose of personally sensitive information such as medical and financial records in a safe way.

It’s also free, and the combination of these two factors might be why DPW Superintendent Joe Piccerelli found a line of cars waiting at 8:15 that morning, about an hour before the event officially began.

By the time 9 a.m. rolled around, the line of people looking to see their documents turned to confetti stretched out of the yard onto Upland Way.

The DPW hosts the event about every 18 months. The last time it was held was May 2011, when residents dropped off about 2.13 tons of paper.

This year, between 8,000 and 9,000 pounds had been shredded just before the event wrapped up.

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