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Truck to demonstrate shredding process

MUSC’s big, paper-shredding truck will be parked in the Horseshoe from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 where it will demonstrate how confidential information is protected when materials are destroyed. Information on recyclable materials and collection schedules also will be available.

by Caroline Davila
Engineering and Facilities, Communications for Sustainability Program
To ensure patient privacy and information security MUSC acquired its own paper shredder, which can be spotted or heard churning on campus throughout the week.
The mobile shredding device manufactured by Vecoplan is contained in a 17-foot truck. After researching various shredding processes, services and devices, the Vecoplan shredder was selected because of the high level of security it provided. The advantage with this system, over strip and cross-shredding systems, is that it securely rips or tears each document into one to two-inch uneven segments.
The shredder also aids in MUSC’s paper recycling efforts.
On a constant basis, every confidential document is collected along with all general office paper that is discarded in recycling bins. These paper recycling bins are located in nurses’ stations, clinics and offices, at the Education Center/Library, and in all administrative departments.
The paper shredding process entails the following seven-step process each week:
1.  The paper recycling bin is manually swapped for an empty bin, or emptied into a 96-gallon cart.

2.  The paper is stored in the locked cart at one of the many recycling stations on campus until the truck and shredding crew comes to shred it. (This usually happens the same day and always within two days of collection.)

3.  The 96-gallon recycling cart is strapped to the lift located on the curb side of the truck  and mechanically lifted and dumped into the shredder.

4.  The paper falls into a hopper that feeds it to the shredder.

5.  The shredded material then gets pushed to the back of the truck by an auger, or series of rollers and remnants are compacted inside the truck.

6.  When it’s full, the truck is driven to the Sonoco Recycling plant in North Charleston and unloaded.

7.  At the Sonoco facility, the mulch paper is baled and sold to paper mills for use in making more paper or paper products.
An estimated $200,000 in shredding fees were  saved last year alone because of recycling efforts. To keep track of the recycling progress, the Web site is updated weekly.
Visit for a chance to win the RecyleMania 2009 Question of the Week contest and for useful contact information. Call 792-4119 to request a new bin.


Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

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