‘Shred-A-Thon’ to Take Place Friday, Fort Lee Community Garden May Be Next
Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky, for whom the environment is key, said Friday’s paper-shredding event is the second to take place in Fort Lee in the past year, and that a community garden is next on her committee’s list.
Fort Lee held a community paper-shredding event Friday (Sept. 14) at the Fort Lee Recreation Center that Fort Lee Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky, who is also the Council Liaison to the newly-formed Environmental & Beautification Committee, said is the second of its kind and that the committee, which hasn’t met this summer but will soon, is in the “fact-finding” stages of planning a community garden—or what Kasofsky called her “next big project.”
The “shred-a-thon” will feature a paper shredding truck, and it’s for Fort Lee residents only, Kasofsky said, adding that it’s the second such event in Fort Lee in the last six months, and that the first one got a pretty good turnout.
“I’m really trying to help the environment,” Kasofsky said. “I started this environmental committee, and I’m really trying to recycle. And all shredded materials are recycled. They end up in landfills. By shredding it, we don’t clog up the landfills.”
Another aspect, Kasofsky said, is that you don’t want to throw out papers and documents that can be used by would-be identity thieves.
“People don’t always know what they’re throwing away sometimes,” Kasofsky said. “There’s the security of it. You keep your private business secure, and you help save the environment. I really want people to take advantage of it.”
Kasofsky said that in addition to saving trees, every ton of recycled paper uses 64 percent less energy, 50 percent less water and causes 74 percent less air pollution than the same quantity of paper from virgin wood pulp.
“All these little things; I’m really trying to get everybody thinking, and this is a free service,” Kasofsky said. “I’m happy to try to pull this off for the community.”
She also said her committee’s next big project is community, or that at least it’s something they’re considering.
“I’m in the fact-finding stages, and I’m also hunting for the proper area that gets sun, that would be the right location.”
The community paper-shredding event was Friday (Sept. 14) at the Fort Lee Recreation Center at the end of Stillwell Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.