“Shred-A-Thon” This Week!

Have a bunch of confidential documents you want to get rid of?

No judgment. We’ve all been there.

Orange County Solid Waste is holding a Shred-A-Thon this week: Thursday, October 8, at University Place (aka University Mall), and Saturday, October 10, at Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough, at the recycling drop-off site behind Home Depot. Both events are from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you live or run a business in Orange County (or that part of Chapel Hill that slips into Durham County), you can bring up to five boxes or bags of paper and have them shredded and recycled, confidentially and free of charge. (Make sure it’s all paper: the occasional staple is okay, but any non-paper items should be removed.)

Blair Pollock of Orange County Solid Waste Management joined Aaron Keck Monday on WCHL.


Orange County holds two Shred-A-Thons every year, usually in the spring and fall. Local law enforcement agencies are supporting the events too, as part of an ongoing effort to cut down on identity theft.


Shredding, Constructing, Detouring

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is holding another Shred-A-Thon Saturday in Hillsborough.

If you’re an Orange County resident or business, you can bring up to five “banker”-sized boxes of paper to be shredded, confidentially and at no cost.

Saturday’s Shred-A-Thon will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center on Route 86, at the 24-hour recycling drop-off site behind Home Depot.


Expect construction Saturday morning on North Churton Street in Hillsborough, as a PSNC Energy contractor will be working to install a gas line.

The construction will be taking place just south of Route 70. Town government is reminding drivers to be cautious if driving through that area.


Chapel Hill Transit will be providing additional bus service on the afternoon of Thursday, October 17, for people leaving UNC campus early in advance of the Tar Heel football game that night.

Allow extra travel time that day, as traffic congestion will be causing some delays.

Additional service will be provided on the CCX, CPX, JFX, PX and 420 Hillsborough Express routes, starting around 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m., the F and J routes will be detoured along Rosemary Street to accommodate “Tar Heel Downtown.” Visit CHTransit.org for additional information.


Fire Prevention Week; Book Making for Students; Shred-A-Thon

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Fire Department began Fire Prevention Week at Festifall on Sunday and will continue to raise awareness throughout the week.

This year, the theme for fire prevention week is prevent kitchen fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association’s latest research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department has scheduled many events for Fire Prevention Week.  Some of these events include: station tours, workshops on fire safety, and a premier puppet show “Johnny Joins the Fire Department.”

For more information you can call Chapel Hill Fire Department Life Safety at 919-969-2006.


The Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough invites students ages ten to 18 to attend a two day workshop on book making.

The workshops take place October 16 and 17 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. In cooperation with the Orange County Historical Museum, the bookmaking workshop will allow for students to create their own hardcover book from start to finish.

Part of the OCPL’s TeensMake series, each month teens are invited to create, build, or make something new at the library.

For more information, click here.


The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons.

The Shred-A-Thon allows your to securely destroy up to five banker boxes of personal documents at no cost.  The first Shred-A-Thon takes place Thursday at University Mall. The second is on Saturday at the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center in Hillsborough at the 24-recycling drop off site.  Both events take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.