PRINCETON — Heartland Bank hosted its annual Community Shred Day on Sept. 22 in the parking lot at Princeton Public Library. The bank offered this shred service free of charge to local residents and businesses.
Princeton community members brought 3.6 tons of material to the event. According to Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding, this shred effort equates to one of the following recycling impacts: 61 trees, 1,353 gallons of oil, 214 pounds of pollutants, 11 cubic yards of landfill space, 14,240 kilowatts of energy, or 24,920 gallons of water saved.
“This service provides a way for our community to protect themselves from identity theft, and we enjoy hosting the event each year for our customers and neighbors,” Sara Hudson, Heartland Bank retail manager, said.
“Special thanks to Princeton Public Library and Perry Memorial Hospital for sharing their parking lot to make the event possible.”
Properly disposing of personal documents is one way for people to protect themselves from identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission recommends shredding sensitive documents such as charge receipts, old utility bills, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, unused checks, bank statements, and expired charge cards.