October 4, 2023

Shred Event Recycled 5,250 Pounds of Paper

University of Mary Washington faculty, staff, and students joined the local community in support of RecycleMania 2011 by shredding 5,250 pounds of paper at the first Shred Event on Tuesday, March 29th. As a member of the President’s Council on Sustainability, Dre Anthes, Assistant Dean of Admissions, invited faculty, staff, students and community members to bring materials to be shredded by ProShred of Northern Virginia, who donated their services. The event was hosted at both the Stafford and Fredericksburg campuses.

The 5,250 pounds of recycled material doubled the university’s RecycleMania weekly average, greatly boosting contest efforts. Student volunteers included: Public Relations Sustainability Intern, Ariana Johnson, and RecycleMania Intern and President of the Ecology Club, Anna Smith. Sustainability Coordinator, Tori Wong, also helped with the planning of the event. Dre Anthes’ event was supported by Director of Landscape and Grounds, Joni Wilson, Landscape and Grounds Manager, Richard Blair, additional Landscape and Grounds staff, Arthur Wiggins and Ronnie Collier, Events Coordinator, Priscilla Sullivan, Office Manager of Graduate Admissions, Tammy Pettus, Associate Provost, Meta Braymer, and Stafford Campus Building Coordinator, Larry Atkins. When asked if she was surprised with the results Ms. Wilson responded, “No, I assumed it would be a substantial amount. If the university can support this as a regular event I believe we will see the tonnage increase.”

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. Lori Klopp says

    Thanks for arranging this worthwhile event, I hope we continue to do it!

  2. Susan Taylor-Schran says

    Thank you very much for the Great Shred Day! We were able to finally clear out boxes of old files and find space to put more things. Please let this be a yearly event as it is a great service. From all at Gari Melchers Home & Studio – Thank you!