MAYOR’S MESSAGE

By Craig Stough

Green Programs Scheduled
The city of Sylvania has two green programs scheduled for this Spring: Shred Day and Arbor Day. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in these programs for improving the environment.

The city of Sylvania will be hosting its tenth annual “Shred Day” the next day on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, rain or shine. AccuShred LLC will again bring their document destruction equipment to the Sylvania Municipal Court parking lot at 6730 Monroe St. and offer on-site shredding of documents. Enter off Monroe Street at the west driveway. AccuShred is a certified information document destruction company, and for the third year will also be accepting electronic items for recycling.

Residents can bring up to 50 pounds of personal paper documents in boxes or bags for free shredding, courtesy of AccuShred without cost to the city. That is about three medium bags or banker’s boxes full of documents. Additional documents beyond 50 pounds will also be shredded, but at a cost of $3 per container. Staples do not need to be removed, but paper cannot be in binders or have binder clips. At last year’s Sylvania Shred Day, 19,060 pounds of paper was dropped off for shredding.

Shredding offers a practical way to recycle paper rather than bury it in a landfill and is a natural extension to the city of Sylvania’s curbside materials recycling and green yard waste recycling programs. Shredding is also a safe way to dispose of personal documents that contain identity and financial information such as account numbers, social security numbers, names and addresses. Identity theft has become a bigger problem in recent years and shredding is one way to reduce your exposure to this problem.

In addition, electronic items including computers, printers, fax machines and DVD/VCR players will again be accepted for recycling during this year’s Shred Day. Computer monitors will cost $5 each and televisions will not be accepted. Visit the city’s website, www.cityofsylvania.com, for a complete list of electronic items that will be accepted for recycling. Last year, 2,230 pounds of electronic items were recycled.

The city of Sylvania will have its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, May 6, this year at Highland Elementary School starting at 1 p.m. The city of Sylvania has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. Sylvania has met these standards for 34 years, leading to a better quality of life for all of our residents.

Sylvania Rotary Club is again donating this year’s Arbor Day Celebration tree, as they have for many years. Since 1975, over 7,700 street trees have been planted by the city of Sylvania Parks and Forestry Division. City forestry programs not only plant new trees, but also prune and take care of trees in our parks, public lands and street right-of-ways.