Recycling Volunteer Program Paper Shredding Event

Impact Area

Improve Environment

Volunteer Group Name & URL

Recycling Volunteer Program- Montgomery County

Organization Served & URL

recycling - the environment

Project Goal/Description

To have Montgomery County residents bring and drop off paper to be shredded on site by a paper shredding company. Volunteers help by assisting with the event, with traffic flow, unloading vehicles, and breaking down cardboard boxes. Shredding takes place about 6 times per year in 6 locations throughout the County.

Timeline for Planning

An individual volunteer or a group volunteer coordinator contacts the Recycling Volunteer program and gets details about dates and locations, then lines up a volunteering time and place.

How Many Volunteers

Anywhere between 5 and 15, depending on the event. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian. Time commitment for volunteers is three to four hours at the site.

How Was This Publicized to Recruit Volunteers?

Sharing the info with group members in order to attract more volunteers.

Required Facilities, Materials & Expenses

The only expense is transportation to and from the event.


-Some physical labor can be involved, including lifting heavy boxes filled with paper. -Possible very hot/cold/rainy weather (or super hot weather) – the event takes place rain or shine (unless very inclement).

Group Type

Neighborhood/Civic AssociationService ClubYouth

Strategic Priority Addressed

Healthy & Sustainable Communities


-Volunteers help recycle a lot of paper (1 ton of paper saves 17 trees from being chopped down). -People in the community can get rid of confidential papers that they have accumulated. -Shredding events help prevent identity thefts. -Volunteers get to meet other like-minded volunteers and people in the community.

Special Points of Interest

  • Come ready for the weather.
  • Be prepared for work.