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Where Does Shredded Paper From Columbia Industries End Up?

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Crime Stoppers and Columbia Industries are teaming up for another paper shredding event Saturday, April 19th. Crime Stoppers and Columbia Industries are teaming up for another paper shredding event Saturday, April 19th.
KENNEWICK, WA - Crime Stoppers and Columbia Industries are teaming up for another paper shredding event Saturday, April 19th. But have you ever wondered what happens to the paper after that?

Columbia Industries shreds millions of documents every week. They send that paper to a local recycler on a secured site where it's compressed into 1,600 pound bales. Trucks then take the bales to different paper mills throughout the region, and the shredded stuff is put back to use.

"It goes right into a pulper, this massive pulper in this humongous warehouse and it's turned into newsprint," said Jeff Thompson, Columbia Industries Director of Operations. "I think The Wall Street Journal is one of the newsprints it's printed on, so it's amazing. It's going to end up on your doorstep as newsprint weeks later." Columbia Industries recycles more than four million pounds of paper a year.

You can bring two banker boxes or grocery bags full of documents to Saturday's Shred Day event. They can include credit card or bank statements, financial records, even old checks. There's no charge, but any donations will go toward the Crime Stoppers reward fund. Shred Day runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the parking lots of the Target stores in Kennewick and Richland.