Credit union’s annual project helps to ‘green’ Parkrose

See why folks at Pacific NW Federal Credit Union say this event benefits our ecology and helps keep people safe from identity theft …

Eric Keyser, of Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, joyfully stacks discarded electronic gadgets and computers to be taken away for “green” recycling.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Although they couldn’t get recyclers to their offices on Earth Day, the executive staff of Pacific NW Federal Credit Union (PNWFCU) in Parkrose still wanted to continue their now-four-year tradition of holding a “Recycle Day”.

So, on Monday, April 25, they sponsored an eco-friendly event for their community by shredding documents, with the shredded paper to be used in manufacturing recycled paper products, at their offices at 12005 NE Erin Way, near NE 122nd Avenue.

“We’re also accepting unwanted or broken electronics,” pointed out PNWFCU vice president for marketing and member services, Dana Eaton. In addition, people were also dropping off deposit-return bottles and cans for Dave “Can Man” Luce to recycle, in his ongoing effort to support the Parkrose High Senior All-night Party and Parkrose High Boosters.

PNWFCU’s Julia Dempsey, Dana Eaton, Chris Mathewson are checking out once-trendy electronic items – now hopelessly outdated – before sending them off for recycling.

“It’s important to hold an event like this, because it’s good for our environment when documents are shredded and properly recycled,” Eaton told us as another customer pulled up to drop off private papers for shredding. “And it’s especially important that electronics are properly disposed of; not dumped in landfills. We’re wiping clean the hard drives, and securely disposing of computer electronics.”

Eaton said this is the fourth year PNWFCU has offered this service, on or near Earth Day. “We want to help people avoid identity theft; it’s much easier to bring large amounts of documents to shred here, than try to shred them all in little home wastebasket shredders.

Philip Livesley, a member of the credit union since 1965, dumps off papers to be shredded, with the help of PNWFCU’s Judy Kennedy.

Started in 1942 – it’s their 69th anniversary – PNWFCU was originally the Bonneville Power Administration’s credit union. “Now, if you live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in the NE Portland area, you may be eligible to become a PNWFCU member,” Eaton said. “Contact us and learn all that we have to offer.”

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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