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Press Release

Release Date: Apr 5, 2011

Power Purge & Shred Returns to Crystal City

CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430

Power Purge & Shred Returns to Crystal City
Get Ready to Reduce and Recycle

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Old electronics can be diverted from landfills and sensitive paperwork kept out of the hands of identity thieves when brought to the Crystal City Business Improvement District’s (BID) Power Purge & Shred on Wednesday, April 27th from 7 AM to 7 PM. The annual event has safely recycled almost 90 tons of electronics over the course of the past three years including monitors, printers, CPUs, servers, cables, batteries, and more. Added for the first time last year, the Shred securely recycled more than four tons of paper.

“The Power Purge & Shred has successfully ensured the safe, secure, and environmentally sound destruction and recycling of the area’s unwanted electronics and documents,” said Crystal City BID President/CEO Angela Fox. “This year’s Power Purge & Shred includes an expanded partnership with the Crystal City-based, electronics industry powerhouse the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.”

The collaboration among 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 batteries, desktop computers and laptops, to TVs, monitors and microwaves.

“Our industry is committed to responsible recycling of consumer electronics, and CEA is pleased to work with the Crystal City Business Improvement District right here in our backyard to collect and recycle thousands of pounds of electronics,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA. “We encourage members of the community to drop off their older devices with the peace of mind that they will be recycled safely and responsibly.”

Strict chain-of-custody maintains control over disposed equipment from the moment of drop off until it is safely, securely and responsibly destroyed by their personnel and subsequently delivered to a third-party certified approved 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


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