October 14, 2015

Shred-it and Forget it at the Ninth Annual Good Riddance Day Event

New York, NY. October 14, 2015 – Shred-it International, along with its partners, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, today announced that they are now accepting submissions for the ninth annual Good Riddance Day contest.

The contest, which concludes with a Good Riddance Day event, encourages people to say goodbye to the bad, and get a fresh start to the new year by shredding their unwanted memories. Shred-it will park a mobile shredding truck in Times Square so participants can securely destroy the items that anchor them to past memories and experiences they’d rather forget.

“New Year’s has long been a time for people to make a fresh start by casting out the things that hold them back from embracing something new,” said Bruce Andrew, SVP at Shred-it. “Good Riddance Day builds on that tradition by not only giving participants the opportunity to gain closure by symbolically destroying the negative in their life, but doing so in a sustainable way.”

All the shredded material generated on Good Riddance Day will be baled and sent to nearby recycling plants to be turned into something usable like everyday paper products and all while saving resources. For every ton of paper shredded and recycled 17 trees, 4,100 kilowatts of energy and 3.5 cubic yards of landfill space will be saved.

“As we approach the annual New Year’s Eve celebration it is always important to reflect on the year past and move forward with a clean slate,” added Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Good Riddance Day gives us the chance to do so by giving people the opportunity to shred and recycle their forgettable memories from 2015 at the Crossroads of the World.” 

Shred-it invites anyone hoping for a fresh start to bring a load down to Times Square and participate in this annual ritual.

“Nothing says fresh start like a house or office that has been purged of the things that remind us of our frustrations, failures and faults,” said Jeffrey Straus, President, Countdown Entertainment.  “Here in Times Square, we are excited to encourage all New Yorkers and visitors alike to join us in the shedding and shredding, of forgettable memories from the past year.”

Contest Details
To enter the contest, contestants must submit a short description of what they would like to say “good riddance” to in 2015. A panel of judges from Shred-it International, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment will determine the winner. Whether you want to shred a picture of an old flame, mortgage documents, old tax records or a pile of medical bills, entries can be submitted at www.shredit.com/GoodRiddanceDay.

The individual grand prize includes:

  • Two roundtrip airfare tickets to New York City
  • Five-night hotel stay in New York City
  • Designation as the official “First to Shred” at Good Riddance Day 2015 in Times Square
  • Two VIP passes to an exclusive pre-viewing of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball
  • Two tickets to the official New Year’s Eve 2015 VIP Party in Times Square

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 23, 2015.

The annual event will take place on December 28, 2015 in New York City’s Times Square. The event is open to the public to discard any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright depressing memories from 2015.  Please note: Good Riddance Day is a symbolic event for shredding single memories or ideas. It is not a mass shredding or disposal event, and we are unable to accommodate requests to shred large amounts of paper material.

To submit an entry or learn more about the contest, please visit: www.shredit.com/GoodRiddanceDay.  You can also stay informed with Shred-it on Facebook and LinkedIn or you can follow us on Twitter at @Shredit or use hashtag #GoodRiddanceDay.

For more information on Times Square New Year's Eve, please visit www.TimeSsquareNYC.org/NewYearsEve.

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About Shred-it
Shred-it is a world-leading information security company providing information destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of our clients' private information. A wholly, owned subsidiary of Stericycle, Shred-it operates in 170 markets throughout 18 countries worldwide, servicing more than 400,000 global, national and local businesses. For more information, please visit www.shredit.com.

About Times Square New Year's Eve
The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. Countdown Entertainment, which represents the owners of One Times Square, and the New Year’s Eve Ball, is a marketing management and event production company specializing in the Times Square area.