Shred Spot Honored as Green Business of the Year

Shred Spot Honored as Green Business of the Year

The Village of Northbrook’s Environmental Quality Commission has selected Shred Spot for its annual Green Business award. Launched in 2018, the award recognizes Northbrook-based businesses that take significant steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Shred Spot owner Paul Kaufmann accepted the award from the Board of Trustees on April 23.

Shred Spot goes above and beyond to promote environmental stewardship. The company recycles massive amounts of the paper it shreds for clients — a total of 269 tons in 2018. During that same time, Shred Spot also recycled 45 tons of electronics and 15 tons of cardboard, and reused or recycled 1200 shipping pallets. The company partners with recycling facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky, cutting down on freight costs as well as the emissions caused by longer-distance transport of materials.

A dedicated volunteer for Hunger Resource Network, Northbrook Civic, the Chamber, and other organizations, Paul’s commitment to the greater good motivates his recycling efforts.
“The primary purpose of my shredding business is protecting people’s security,” says Paul, “but the extra steps we take to recycle have real benefits. With the way things are going for the environment, we’re doing all we can to keep this paper and other material out of landfills.”