Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Shredding paper for a world record—and a good cause

Published August 30, 2013

ATLANTA—The Great Shredder Event, sponsored by CBS Atlanta, will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society this year. All are welcome to participate in this event by bringing paper to be shredded and goods to donate. The Great Shredder event will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Turner Field blue lot.

Participants will be a part of an attempt to break the world record by helping to collect 84 tons of paper to shred within 24 hours. The current world record is 168,000 pounds.

This free opportunity to shred paper items will help save money, protect the environment and protect personal identity. Items to shred may include: personal or confidential information (no need to remove staples or paper clips), bank statement, bills and tax documents, and other paper items that are to be made into trash.

St. Vincent de Paul will also be collecting a number of other items for its ministry, including non-perishable food items, gently used clothing, small household goods, e-waste (computers, accessories, televisions, faxes, copiers, satellite dishes, game consoles, cell phones, and more), and monetary donations. For a complete and specific list of acceptable donations, check the St. Vincent de Paul website at Due to hazardous waste considerations, monitors and televisions to be recycled will be assessed a nominal disposal fee of $5-30, depending on the type of item.

There will be five chances to win Atlanta Falcons and SEC football tickets at the event.

For questions about the Great Shredder event, contact or call 678-892-6172. Those interested in volunteering with SVdP at this event should visit or contact