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Destroy Your Unwanted Memories of 2016 at This Year's 'Good Riddance Day'

By Maya Rajamani | December 27, 2016 12:37pm
 On Dec. 28, New Yorkers can obliterate any object representing bad memories from 2016 in Times Square.
On Dec. 28, New Yorkers can obliterate any object representing bad memories from 2016 in Times Square.
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Times Square Alliance

TIMES SQUARE — While New Year’s Eve is all about embracing the year to come, Dec. 28 is focused on erasing the one that's passed.

On Wednesday, New Yorkers can destroy their “unpleasant, embarrassing and downright unwanted memories from 2016” at the 10th annual “Good Riddance Day” in Times Square.

The company Shred-It is providing a “mobile shredding truck” for the event, which takes place between noon and 1 p.m.

All of the shredded memories will ultimately be recycled, Shred-It’s website notes.

“Good Riddance Day was inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers put artifacts or bad memories from the previous year into dolls and set them on fire,” Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins said in a statement on Shred-It’s site.

“Here in Times Square, we might not be starting a bonfire, but we do encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to join us in the shredding of forgettable memories from this year.”