Shred Days help protect identity

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – If you participate in the upcoming Shred Days, you may wipe your mouth with one of your old bank statements or unknowingly print out movie tickets on your old investment reports.
Shred Days offer the opportunity for Mississippians to dispose of documents containing personal information in a safe way and recycle.
Shred-it will park a mobile shredding truck at the Walmart on North Gloster Street on Friday, and people can bring up to five large garbage bags of documents to be shredded.
Shred-it cross-shreds the documents so they are completely destroyed and sells the scraps to be recycled.
“We take it and put them through a bailer and they are made into one-ton bails,” said Adam Dennis, district operations manager for Shred-it. “Georgia Pacific recycles it 100 percent and it usually goes into copy and print paper. It depends on the quality of the bulk of the recycled paper. It might become napkins and tissues.”
Jan Schaefer, public information officer for the Attorney General’s Office, said the program helps people protect themselves from identity theft.
“You might keep your bank statements for a long time and they pile up year after year,” Schaefer said. “Dispose of secure documents with personal information like bank accounts or Social Security numbers.”
Attorney General Jim Hood said many Mississippians already have taken advantage of the free service.
“Since we began this partnership, we have helped over 3,090 Mississippi consumers shred over 196,000 pounds of paper containing personal information,” Hood said in a release. “We have no doubt that this partnership has potentially saved many Mississippians from becoming victims of identity theft.”
Sensitive documents can be taken to the truck at Walmart on North Gloster Street on Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is open to individuals only; businesses are not eligible to participate.
jb.clark@journalinc.com