Shred Day marks the end of Earth Week at MEM
Monday, April 25, 2016
This Earth Day, April 22, employees at MEM gathered 1500 boxes of paper material -- including tens of thousands of pounds of old traffic tickets, resumes, adminstration records and other documents that had exceeded their retention -- for shredding and recycling.
Much of the paperwork had been sitting in office closets, file drawers and storage rooms for years, with some old paperwork dating back to the 1960s.
Shred Day marked the end of Earth Week at MEM. From an environmental standpoint, document shredding plus recycling protects trees from being used for new paper products and keeps landfills from filling up.
Protecting the environment is something we take very seriously at MEM. In 2015 we recycled more than 27 tons of paper, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum, including about 20 tons of paper at last year's Shred Day. But we don't stop with paper. In 2015 MEM also recycled more than 16 tons of e-waste and more than 23 tons of scrap metal.
The airport also recycles light bulbs, batteries, toner cartridges, used oil, used oil filters, scrap metal, tires, aerosol cans, wood pallets, and so much more. Memphis International Airport is committed to keeping Memphis -- and the planet -- clean and green.
Happy Earth Day!