Earth Day is over, but you can still help the environment with ShredFest 2017

By Randy Hollowell, information technology services

shredfestIt is spring cleaning time again, and even though Earth Day 2017 has come and gone, there is no better time to start thinking about removing some of the clutter in your office, home or residence hall. Shredding unneeded documents can help the environment, and it can also help protect your personal information.


ShredFest is an annual event co-sponsored by IT services and the office of general counsel. During ShredFest, a mobile shredder from Document Destruction allows for the disposal of confidential documents. Any faculty, staff and student may bring documents to ShredFest. For departments, this is an opportunity to bring confidential office and personal documents for secure, on-site shredding.

Last spring during ShredFest nearly 8,400 pounds of documents were shredded. Visit the latest IT Services Newsletter for additional information about past ShredFest events.

The mobile shredder will be at the Oxford campus from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, (during finals week) at Cook Field (near the Pulley Tower).

The shredder will also visit the regional campuses on Tuesday, May 9. It will be at Middletown from 9-11 a.m. in the parking lot outside of Johnston Hall and at Hamilton from 1-3 p.m. in the parking lot outside Wilks Conference Center.

Please note: To destroy university documents, you must ensure the documents have reached the end of their retention period and accompany them with a signed Records Disposal Form. See the office of general counsel's Records and Retention site for the Miami's Records Retention Schedule and disposal forms. There have been recent changes to some portions of the records retention policy (e.g., you are now required to keep job search documentation for three years instead of six).

For more information on ShredFest, please visit or contact Connie Johnson, IT services.

For questions regarding document retention, please contact Aimee Smart, office of general counsel.

Electronic Recycling

If you have a need to recycle university-owned computers or peripherals, please use the Request Recycling form at IT@Miami.

For information about where to recycle personal electronics such as computers and televisions, as well as fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, please visit the Butler County recycling website.