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Press Release

Release Date: Apr 10, 2012

Power Purge & Shred Gets Colorful

CONTACT: Angela Fox,, 703-412-9430


Power Purge & Shred Gets Colorful
Dispose of your Leftover Household Paints

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – The Crystal City Business Improvement District’s (BID) annual Power Purge & Shred adds another splash of color. Having safely recycled over 110 tons of electronics and paper, this year’s event set for Wednesday, April 25th from 7 AM to 7 PM, will also provide a convenient place to safely dispose of household paints.

“Area residents and employees have come to expect and enjoy the peace of mind that the annual Power Purge & Shred provides,” said Crystal City BID President/CEO Angela Fox. “Now we have expanded the program to help dispose of other hazardous materials often found around the home or office.” The collaboration with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and the eCyclers division of the Kane Company provides an opportunity for Crystal City residents and workers to drop off everything from paper to batteries, desktop computers and laptops to TVs, monitors and microwaves, in addition to household paints and supplies that should not be disposed in everyday household trash.

“As an active member of the Crystal City business community, we applaud and support this opportunity for consumers to recycle safely old electronics and other materials that may not be appropriate for the trash,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA.

Strict chain-of-custody maintains control over disposed equipment from the moment of drop off until it is safely, securely and responsibly destroyed and subsequently delivered to an accredited third-party certified recycler. Skeptics can even watch the eCyclers team physically destroy their hard drives with an onsite “hard drive crusher” and walk away with a certification of secure destruction and rest assured that the equipment will be recycled using the strictest industry practices that protect human health and the environment.

Documents will be shredded onsite courtesy of the Office Shredding division of the Kane Company. Document destruction can help reduce the risk of identity theft and disclosure of sensitive information while ensuring proper compliance with existing privacy laws and keeping abreast of new or updated federal regulations. The Kane Company can help ensure you meet the guidelines of corporate ethics programs, safeguard your public image, and protect you, your customers and employees from identity theft.

The event is conveniently located in the surface parking lot located at the intersection of 20th Street and S. Bell Street, directly adjacent to 220 Twentieth Street. Owned by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, use of the parking lot is donated to the Crystal City BID to help promote this key green initiative.

The Power Purge & Shred is one of several green-themed events that are part of the make up the Crystal City BID’s Crystal Green Program. For more information on Crystal Green and other Crystal City events, visit If you are unable to attend this year’s Power Purge & Shred event, please visit CEA’s to find an electronics recycling facility near you.


The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit