Georgia United Credit Union, in partnership with Iron Mountain, offered free community shred events at selected branches from March through May 2010.
A final analysis revealed a total of 1,620 residents had 169,695 pounds of personal documents shredded at the events. This year’s program will save 1,442 trees and 593,933 gallons of water in paper manufacturing by using the recycled fibers from the events. Additionally, 255 cubic yards of landfill space was spared due to shredding and recycling.
“We hold shred days in the spring every year to help our community safeguard their personal information by destroying sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Kim Wall, Georgia United’s director of community and business development. “Shredding outdated documents is an easy way to help prevent criminals from obtaining account numbers and personally identifiable information.”
Each year, Georgia United invites members and the local community to bring up to three boxes of personal documents — such as old checks, medical records, forms and statements containing personal information — to a local branch where Iron Mountain will shred and recycle documents on-site from their mobile destruction truck.