Lowell Deeds

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October 15, 2008

Recycling

by @ 1:38 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

Yesterday, we began disposing of close to 10,000 copies of newer recorded books. By “newer” I mean books printed from 2002 to present. Because of space problems these books were never shelved and available to the public only on our computer system. We printed the books in-house with the sole purpose of using them to create microfilm for archival storage. After filming they were placed in a standard bond paper box and stored in the basement of the registry. Rather than just throw them away we have partnered with students and faculty at the Roger’s Middle School in Lowell who will recycle the paper. We estimate there is close to 1.5 million pieces of paper, weighing close to 50,000 lbs. Of course, because of the enormity of the project removing the boxes from the registry will take Roger’s students about six months. Since each storage box weighs approximately 50lbs, we have enlisted the services of community workers to carry them from the basement to the registry’s first floor. All of these books are backed up on microfilm and can be recreated if necessary.

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