Think big, really big, and get ready for what could amount to a rip-roaring occasion – a giant shredding truck is coming to Flatbush.
The event has been dubbed Shredzilla by the not-for-profit Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) which is sponsoring it, and will be held on September 6th, at the Public School 139 schoolyard, on Argyle Road off Cortelyou Road, where the truck will be up and running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The cost is $10 per banker’s box full of paper, which is equivalent to two standard-size shopping bags. Half of the amount qualifies as a tax-deductive contribution to FDC, according to the group.
In the age of identity theft, the occasion is the perfect opportunity, said FDC board member Nicole Francis, to get rid of those sensitive documents you have been accumulating, are afraid to throw out, but haven’t gotten around to shredding yourself.
The truck, she stressed, “is much more heavy duty” than a standard home shredder. “You can literally toss a banker’s box in there, and it sorts out small metal pieces,” Francis explained.
Francis, who came up with the idea, said she had gotten the notion from her father, who lives in a small California town where a similar event had been held.
“They filled up two trucks,” she recounted. “It was amazingly successful, and people really appreciated it.”
FDC isn’t aiming quite that high. “Our goal is 500 boxes,” said Francis, “which is what a truck would hold.”
The event will not be without its drama. “There’s a screen on the side where you can watch your sensitive papers being cut into confetti,” Francis revealed.
Shredding will not be the end of the documents’ useful life. The shredded paper will be recycled, said Francis.
Shredzilla is just the first of what FDC hopes will be a series of imaginative events in the neighborhood, Francis noted.
“We are trying to think outside the box,” she explained, “and change some of the traditional events to respond to changes in Flatbush, and to keep it interesting. We are raising FDC’s profile, and we plan on continuing to innovate.”
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