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Tallgrass Creek saves trees

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December 21st, 2009

One person can make a difference in the environment, and Tallgrass Creek proved it. When the community invited individuals to bring their own stashes of paper to be shredded, they amassed a grand total of 1.5 tons of paper. That translates into 26 trees saved from destruction; 10,500 gallons of water, 570 gallons of oil, and 6,000 kilowatts of electricity saved from use; and 888 pounds of air pollution prevented, compared with the same amount of paper produced from scratch using virgin wood pulp. According to Tallgrass Creek Sales Event Associate Kelly Nelson, more than 35 residents, guests, and staff participated in the effort. One resident brought a small amount of junk mail, saying she had already cleaned out everything from the last time we had this program on campus, Nelson says. The greatest amount of paper came from a man from the community who brought three huge trash cans filled with old office files and paper. ProShred Security performed the mobile shredding service and cited data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Recycling Coalition on the value of shredding paper products.