shredded and baled and then shipped to the recycler. In
the end, we all gathered in our showroom for a big pizza
party as a reward for a job well done. It was a great and
successful educational service project for the students,
and it gave DSS some great exposure in the area and
satisfaction of helping the kids do something meaningful
for the community.
In researching, I discovered additional ideas that secure data
destruction businesses could incorporate to also get involved
in the community.
One fun option was sponsoring a little league team. The
children would wear your logo every game for all to see, and
if you choose you can go to the games to cheer them on.
Plus, if the team is really good, maybe you will even find your
business name in the newspapers.
“Adopt-a-road” is another excellent way to get involved with
the community. As businesses in the information destruction
industry strive to recycle and dispose of the destroyed
materials in a “green” way, “adopt-a-road” is right in line
with that mission. Your business would be on a road sign that
people would drive past every day in the geographic area
that you service. When they see how clean that section of the
road is and volunteers wearing your logo working hard to help
our environment, your business’s environmental stewardship
will be recognized, making it evident the practices of your
business align with its values.
It is apparent to me that the words of Robert Ingersoll, “We
rise by lifting others” ring true. I hope you are inspired to
give generously to your local community and that you’ll reap
the rewards! Perhaps you already are doing something more.
We would love to hear about it. If you have a story you want
to share, please let NAID know about it by emailing Kelly
Martínez, the Director of Marketing & Communications, at
email@example.com or share with the NAID Facebook
Group, The NAIDborhbood.
About the Author
Gina Lentine, CSDS, CSDS is the
Vice-President for Assure Shred. She also
serves on the NAID Board of Directors and
as the Chair for the NAID Communications &
Assure Shred provides on-site mobile document
destruction and document security containers to Central
and Northern New Jersey.
James Elkins, Amarillo Regional Manager, best describes a
program Document Shredding and Storage (DSS) recently
We teamed up with a local elementary school here in
Amarillo, TX, Arden Road Elementary, and worked with
the 4th grade leadership team (RAD Roadrunners) on
a recycling service project for two months (April & May
2017). We provided the shred bins and the students
collected paper from all the classrooms and offices each
day. The kids even involved their parents, by collecting
paper at their homes and bringing it to the school. At the
end of the week, DSS would go exchange the full bins for
new empty ones. Each week they filled at least two 64 gal
bins and some weeks three or four.
At the end of May, the RAD Roadrunners far exceeded their
goal of collecting 2 tons of paper and finished the project
with 7,000 lbs ( 3. 5 tons) of recycled paper, thus, saving
60 trees! Their reward was a field trip to DSS in which I
took the group ( 24 kids) on a tour of our facility. During
the tour, I stressed the security of our operation, which
included much of our NAID AAA Certification requirements
(e.g. visitor log in, locked secure shred room, employee
uniforms & name badges, CCTV cameras, secure vehicles,
the width of the shredded paper, and much more). They
got to see our full operation, including our shredding and
storage. My presentation included many stops at different
stations throughout our facility with explanations of each
station and time for question and answers from the kids.
One student asked if we ever got paper cuts! LOL! It was
a great educational experience for the students, and one
they will remember forever. The counselor in charge of
the group, Wendy Peeples, shared with me some of the
comments from the kids after the tour. One student,
Lindsey, said, “That was the best field trip ever!”
It was such an awesome way for the kids to see the “full
circle” process of how the paper they collected was
4th graders ask questions about data
destruction after their recycling service project.