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The shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the shred trucks are full

Is your home office buried amid stacks of old paper? The City is offering sweet relief this Saturday at a Community Shred Day event.

The shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the shred trucks are full, at Yakima (formerly known as the West End Building at 4101 Kruse Way). The City advises residents not to show up exceedingly early (before 8 a.m.), as this could cause traffic backups in the area.

This event is open to Lake Oswego residents, and those within the urban services boundary only. Volunteers will ask for ID and/or zip codes to confirm your residency.

To keep traffic flowing and make sure everyone gets their turn at the shredder, the City also offers these guidelines:

— You may only bring 2 shopping bags (or 1 bankers box) for shredding. By shopping bag, the City means a brown paper shopping bag. Volunteers will not be accepting trunk loads full of paper. A large plastic garbage bag full of paper is too much.

— Follow all traffic rules and obey the instructions given to you by Lake Oswego Police. For safety reasons, no walk ups are allowed.

— You may not park your car and walk up with your bags of shredding, dump them on the ground and walk away. This is a secure shredding event and the City will not be held responsible for papers that are left for volunteers to attend to when they get the opportunity. This event is being held on private property, not City-owned property, so any documents left on the ground will be recycled as part of the normal cleanup process, but not securely shredded.

— Respect the volunteers who have given their Saturday morning to assist with this event. Offensive language towards volunteers will not be tolerated.

— Be patient. This event attracts a great number of people, can create traffic and long lines, and is limited by the speed at which the trucks can shred each bin. If you do not want to wait, then please take your shredding to the UPS Store or the Postal Annex, where they will happily shred your documents for you in a timely manner.

— The event will end when the trucks are full. This may be before noon.

— Finally, do not bring garbage. In recent years this has become a real problem. This is a paper-only event, not an excuse to clean out the trash in your car.

Direct any questions to Jenny Slepian at 503-635-0291 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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