Shredding makes quick work for recycling

Published 7:22 pm Friday, April 12, 2019

Disposing of old documents with sensitive information could actually be good for the Earth.

That is if one decides to shred and recycle.

And at Midd-West Industries, Kearny Waites said, they do both.

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“We have two industrial shredders and can handle a job of virtually any size,” Waites said, adding, “The biggest job we have ever done was almost 600 banker boxes full of records.”

Waites, who is the program director of Midd-West, said after the paper has been shredded, it is then baled and sent off to whoever can give them the best price.

“And we shred at a considerable savings over what people are accustomed,” Waites said.

The cost of shredding at Midd-West, Waites said, is based on weight.

“The material to be shredded is weighed and then the customer is given an invoice and a fee is collected,” he said.

“And then we turn it into confetti.”

Midd-West offers services to both professional and private customers, Waites said. And while most people bring in the material they want to dispose of, pick up is available.

“But for a fee,” he said.

Also, Waites said there is an added charge for paper that is brought in stored in folders with plastic or metal, because the staff would then have to separate it all out.

“We will have to take all that stuff apart,” he said.

Midd-West does not accept already shredded paper, Waites said.

“When we shred, we have to guarantee the purity of it for our end users.”

Midd-West is located at 100 Smokey Lane, off Rifle Range Road, and Waites said, customers are allowed to stay on-site, if they choose to watch their documents shredded.

“And many customers do,” he said.

For those interested in having papers shredded, Waites said to call 601-638-2761 and ask for Dianne Semien or Ruby Reed.

These women can assist in scheduling a time for a customer to bring in their papers that need to be shredded, he said.

Midd-West is a multi-faceted program that does employment training, day services for severely handicapped, community job placement, functional skills training and testing and evaluations,

It also has the custodial contract with ERDC and operates two federal mail rooms.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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