Clean-Up, Clear-Out, and Repurpose-A Great Success!

January 30, 2018

This year, Mount Auburn Cemetery expanded the annual electronics recycling event into a new, three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose”.  It began with a staff Clean-up day on Thursday January 18, 2018 and ended with the 6th Annual Electronics Recycling event that was open to the public.

Day one was for staff to organize their office – set aside items of interest to the archives, and organize items for shredding (financial and confidential records) and regular paper recycling. Tips were offered for digital organization (file naming conventions) as well as tips on items of interest for the archives and what types of paperwork need to be shredded.

Shredding Sensitive Materials

On Friday, January 19, Mount Auburn contracted with Shred King to bring in a shredding truck to collect and shred all paper with sensitive information cleared out from our offices. This is one way in which Mount Auburn safeguards client and employee information.  Our shred-able documents filled over 16 banker’s boxes (~30 lbs / each).  For regular paper recycling, Save That Stuff delivered three extra bins in addition to the three that Mount Auburn uses on a weekly basis.

Electronics Recycling

Also on Friday, employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn was recycling. We had a strong crew of staff and volunteers to manage the drop-offs on Friday.

Sixth Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public

Then on the third day of the event, Saturday January 20th, 2018, we greeted the public participating in our 6th annual Electronics Recycling event at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling. The weather was cool and windy, but temperatures held in the 40’s. Greg Ghazil, Preservation Craftsperson; Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator; and Stephen Jackson, Plant Records & GIS Manager, turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.

Overall it was a great three-day event. About 50 vehicles and two (2) walk-up customers delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: lawnmower blades, an electric snow-blower and a stationary bicycle. This year all the bins were completely full!

Well done, people!

We heard that the event was mentioned on the blog of the vice-mayor of Cambridge. Thank you. This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager.  Also thanks to Meg Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, and Paul Morris, Accounting Manager, for their tips on ‘What to Archive’ and ‘What to Shred’.  A big thank you to everyone for another successful event.


12 bins of electronic equipment:

~2500 lbs, 554 items recycled

~450 lbs of scrap metal

60 lbs of alkaline batteries

SAVED: precious documents

SHREDDED: sensitive information, ~480 lbs

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