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AARP Alabama co-sponsoring Fall Shred-A-Thons and electronics recycling in Birmingham area

AARP Alabama and WBRC Fox 6 are teaming up once again for Shred-A-Thon events in the month of October. And this time, we're also holding an electronics recycling event so that you can safely dispose of those items as well.


And here's where you can help: We need volunteers to assist with the paper shredding events in Springville on October 12, and in Bessemer on October 28 (details are below). We'll provide food and refreshments. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Hails at (334) 954-3061. Or you can email Anne at We hope to see you at the events!

Here are the details on the electronics recycling event:

Birmingham – October 7 - Electronics Recycle Event

7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Brookwood Village in the lower lot in front of Macy’s
  • The following will be recycled at this event: electronics that have memory, including hard drives, computers, phones, tablets, thumb drives, copy machines, and fax machines.
  • NO microwaves, TVs, large appliances, or CRT monitors will be accepted.
  • NO batteries unless they are still part of the item that they are recycling.
  • There will be no disassembling of electronics or destruction at the event. It will be collected and recycled at a later date by Secure Destruction.
  • All electronics will be collected and taken off-site to another location in Homewood to be disassembled.
  • NO certificates of destruction will be provided at this event. Secure Destruction can take hard drives if you need a certificate of destruction. We will not be writing certificates any at the event.


And here are the details on our two scheduled Shred-A-Thons:

Springville Shred-A-Thon: October 12

7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 6471 US Highway 11.

Bessemer Shred-A-Thon: October 28

7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Civic Center, just off I-59/20 near Academy Drive.

PLEASE NOTE: You can bring up to 3 bags or 3 copy paper-sized boxes of documents (paper only) to shred. No metal, three-ring binders, or large metal binder clips will be accepted.

AARP's Fraud Watch Network recommends that you shred the following:

  • Cancelled checks
  • ATM and Credit card receipts
  • Old credit cards
  • Credit card offers you get in the mail
  • Old bills
  • Old bank statements
  • Tax records and receipts (keep for 7 years)
  • Medical records and bills (keep for a year)
  • Pay stubs (keep for a year)


Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network and stay current on fraud and scams in your area! You don't have to be an AARP member or over age 50 to join the Fraud Watch Network. It is a free service from AARP for people of all ages.

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