They shredded it last year, and this year they’ll shred it again! And here’s why you might want to let them.
"Identity theft and fraud are on the rise," according to Diane White, customer service/marketing director for State Bank & Trust in Nevada.
To educate people on the importance of securely disposing of confidential information – and to promote Earth Day (April 22) – State Bank & Trust is once again helping the community by holding its second annual Shred Day.
Shred Day, being held Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-noon at the bank, is open to the entire community, not just the bank’s customers. A shred truck will be located in the bank’s north side parking lot that day. Residents can pull up to the curb and bank employees will help unload their items needing to be shredded. Those items – there is a 10-box limit per person – will be put into bins, which will be rolled up to the truck, where people can watch their items being shredded.
White said a company called On Site Destruction will be helping that day. "They come with a big truck and shred the items on the spot. You can actually watch it being shredded on a monitor."
After the documents are shredded, the shredded materials are baled and shipped to paper mills, where the material is reprocessed.
White said last year the bank shredded 3,600 pounds of papers on Shred Day. Things that are often shredded include old tax documents, bank information, cancelled checks, credit card statements and receipts, loan information, paystubs, medical records, insurance information … anything with confidential or personal information on it. White even recommends shredded those solicitations for credit card offers.
Businesses can also utilize the day to shred, by getting rid of old employee data, contracts, internal correspondence, proposals, supplier information, etc.
While many people throw a lot of these things away, White said shredding them is a safer thing to do. "We want to help protect your identity. Shred all documents that contain confidential information about you or your family members… information that may allow identity thieves access to your information," she said.
White advises that people check with their tax preparer for guidelines on how many years to keep tax documents; however, she said, the rule of thumb tends to be seven years.
White said the bank plans to continue offering the annual shredding event around the time of Earth Day, as long as there continues to be interest in having it.