BBB Shred Day events rips through tons of personal documents; collects phones

Cars work their way through the parking lot at the CWI campus building as they prepare to drop off personal documents for shredding on Oct. 20, 2012. Courtesy photo

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

Better Business Bureau‘s fall Shred Day events helped residents and businesses shred and recycle more than 14,400 pounds of personal documents and 54 cellphones in Idaho Falls and Nampa.

October was national Secure Your Identity month, and BBBs worked to educate and help people everywhere learn about   not giving out information that could compromise their identities.

Beve Bryant, outreach coordinator for the BBB serving the Snake River Region, said this was another example of how people who know the value of their personal and financial identity respond when an opportunity is given to them.

“We were busy from the moment we stepped into the parking lot,” she says.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. One of the most common methods used by thieves to steal personal information is dumpster diving, which entails thieves rummaging through trash looking for old bills or other documents that contain personal information.

BBB partnered with several local businesses – Cintas Document Management –  and media outlets, and had a helping hand from many volunteers to make these events so successful.

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