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Free document shredding takes place April 28

By KATIE CLONTZ - kclontz@thecouriertimes.com

A free document shredding event, organized by the Henry County Solid Waste Management District, is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the parking lot of the New Castle-Henry County Public Library, 376 S. 15th St., New Castle.

Members of the public are invited to bring up to 10 copy paper boxes full of papers that they need to dispose of. A similar quantity of papers may also be brought in other types of containers, such as plastic bags. Crowe Shredding from Richmond will shred the documents on-site, said district director/educator JoAnne McCorkle. 

The Henry County Solid Waste Management District hosts the paper shredding event twice year year, in the spring and in the fall. In 2017, the two events collected approximately 5.62 tons of paper. 

According to McCorkle, the event is just one of the services the district provides as part of the $12 fee area residents pay with their property tax bills each year. Being able to dispose of confidential information in a secure fashion is important considering the amount of identity theft that occurs each year. 

A 2017 identity fraud study conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research indicated that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016. In the past six years, identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion, the study suggested. 

“Crowe shredding provides on-site document shredding. People don’t have to hand over their documents and hope they will be shredded. They can stand and watch while the documents are actually being shredded,” McCorkle said. “Not only is your paperwork shredded so no one can get your information, but everything that is shredded is then recycled. It’s good for the individual and they are helping the environment.” 

People who plan to participate in the event should remove metal clips or bindings from the paperwork, but staples do not need to be removed. 

For more information, call the Henry County Solid Waste Management District office at 765-529-1691 or email info@henrycountyswmd.com.