Document destruction event for SWANCC residents scheduled
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:06AM
The next event will take place from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Public Works Facility, 1700 W. Central Road, in the village of Mount Prospect.
As SWANCC residents drive up in their vehicles, workers will unload the paper documents into large carts. When full, the carts of paper are emptied into the truck’s cross-shredding machine. At the end of the event, the shredded documents are transported to Groot’s recycling facility in Elk Grove Village and baled before being recycled into new paper.
Typical documents to shred include medical forms, bank statements, personal files and retired tax forms. Staples and paper clips are acceptable, but binders should be removed. Residents will be limited to six grocery-size bags or boxes of documents per event.
“Every consumer is at risk of identity theft and criminals have gotten very astute at going into garbage cans and recycling bins stealing names, addresses and even bank account numbers,” said Mary Allen, SWANCC’s recycling and education director. “Because of this constant threat, SWANCC wants to assist residents with destroying their personal information, making sure that all shredding is done on-site at the host location before being recycled.”
There is no cost to participate, but residents must live in one of SWANCC’s member communities and ID’s will be checked for proof of residency.
For more information on SWANCC’s document-destruction events, or other programs and resources, contact the agency at (847) 724-9205 or visit SWANCC’s website at swancc.org.