by Rick Griffin
San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution has announced that free shredding services will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, at its El Cajon branch located at 312 West Main St. The public is invited to bring a maximum of two boxes containing personal and confidential information to be shredded on the spot at no charge in the parking lot of the SDCCU branch. Boxes must be no larger than approximately 10-by-12-by-15 inches.
Since 2007, when SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events, more than 305,000 pounds of confidential, sensitive documents have been shredded on the spot and recycled at no charge, saving approximately 2,790 trees (every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree).
“SDCCU is happy to provide this shred day service to our local communities as part of our 2011 Member Appreciation Week activities and ongoing commitment to promote identity theft awareness,” said Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of San Diego County Credit Union. “We are proud to be able to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft. The first rule in preventing identity theft is: if you don’t need it, shred it, and we are here to make that happen. Moving to our online services is a great way to minimize the amount of confidential information you have at home and reduce waste.”