To the Editor:

On May 6, the Rotary Club of New Milford held its 11th annual community document-shredding day, ShredFest 2017, in the parking lot at Lore’s Plaza.

There was a record turnout for this yearly Earth Day event, with many enthusiastic individuals and businesses lined up in cars and trucks bringing hundreds of boxes of papers for shredding by mobile shredding trucks.

Exceeding past events, approximately 16,500 pounds of paper was shredded that would

have otherwise ended up in the landfill.

That's six tons of shredded paper that will be recycled into other paper products, saving approximately 140 trees from destruction.

The Rotary Club would like to thank the following for their support in promoting ShredFest 2017 and helping to make it the most successful event to date: The News-Times and The Spectrum, Charter Communications, the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and Lore's Plaza.

The New Milford Rotary Club would especially like to thank Peter Dowse, president of FileShred of Glastonbury, for providing two massive document-shredding trucks for this highly anticipated event.

All money collected by the New Milford Rotary Club at ShredFest 2017 — as is the case with all of its popular events, including the Memorial Day Duck Race, Village Fair Fried Dough Booth and Golf Tournament — stays within our local community.

This enables us to contribute to projects such as school and educational enhancement, create student scholarships and study-abroad opportunities, assist senior citizen projects and many other local, civic and environmental causes that improve the quality of life for all of our area residents.

Look for another community document-shredding event coming this fall.

Please visit our website at www.NMRotary.org for information on future events and becoming a member.

Dr. Arthur Klein

Coordinator

Community Document Shredding Day

Rotary Club of New Milford