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Sparing the Landfill
September 7, 2016 - Liz Scoville, Peoria Magazines


Having brought a personal touch to area recycling since 1990, Midwest Fiber shows no sign of slowing down.

Twenty-six years ago, Ron Shumaker decided to buy a small paper recycling company in Decatur, Illinois. In the years since, the family-owned business has expanded to bring recycling resources to a range of communities interested in participating in this emerging movement. Today, with Shumaker’s sons Mike and Todd at the helm, Midwest Fiber Recycling serves most of the state of Illinois south of Chicago, as well as a sizeable part of Indiana. As the push for recycling and overall sustainability continues to gain traction, it has become a pivotal force in providing this region the means to reduce landfill waste, reuse materials and resources, and sustain the environment for future generations...

...While composting is a more recent endeavor, Midwest Fiber has handled secure paper shredding and document destruction through its sister company, Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding (C.O.P.S.), since 2003. Beginning with a single truck in Bloomington-Normal, C.O.P.S. has expanded to encompass seven shredding trucks and a service territory similar to Midwest Fiber’s. The process is secure and confidential, utilizing locked storage bins and shredding machines within the trucks to ensure any and all sensitive information is thoroughly destroyed.

“Nothing will leave anybody’s parking lot without being destroyed,” declares Mike Kirlin, C.O.P.S. business development manager. “Our philosophy is: ‘What can we do to help the customer secure their confidential stuff?’ Because in this day and age, you have to be so careful.” On site, the company collects pre-filled bins with storage capacities from a few pounds to 300 pounds, destroying the materials inside in their specially-designed trucks. That means a lot of shredded paper, as well as CDs, microfilm, hard drives and other electronic materials, which are thoroughly destroyed and brought back to Midwest Fiber to be recycled. The entire process takes place in front of the customer, who can ensure it adheres to applicable state and federal regulations relative to confidential document destruction.

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