In honor of Earth Week and part of their Vyve Cares initiative, Vyve Broadband hosted an event in Shawnee Thursday where community members could safely shred sensitive documents in an industrial shredder for free.

After three hours of shredding, Vyve shredded more than 10,000 pounds of paper, which is more than five tons and about 80 trees worth of paper that is being recycled.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate Vyve's new program that encourages customers to enroll in online billing and reduce unnecessary paper use.

By enrolling in the program, customers were rewarded with Vyve prizes and a six month free subscription to the Shawnee News-Star's online edition.

Community members enjoyed free refreshments as Vyve team members helped them load their paper to the shredder.