BBB Shred Day events help local communities shred and recycle 78 tons of personal documents

Better Business Bureau fall Shred Day events helped local consumers and businesses shred and recycle more than 175,000 pounds of confidential documents, computer parts and cardboard.

More than 155,000 pounds of paper documents were safely disposed of by certified document destruction specialists. Here is the breakdown from the following Shred Day locations:

  • Austin: 26,500 pounds of paper; 876 local participants
  • Corpus Christi: 35,500 pounds of paper; 611 participants
  • Killeen: 14,000 pounds of paper; 409 participants
  • Permian Basin: 10,000 pounds of paper; 191 participants
  • San Antonio: 70,000 pounds of paper; 1,143 participants

According to the Federal Trade Commission,as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. One of the most common methods used by thieves to steal personal information is dumpster diving, which entails thieves rummaging through trash looking for old bills or other documents that contain personal information.

In addition to helping consumers protect their identity, Shred Day events have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. The amount of paper documents shred and recycled is saving the equivalent of:

  • 1,326 trees
  • 156 barrels of oil
  • 546,000 gallons of water
  • 319,800 kilowatt hours of electricity

BBB partnered with several local businesses and media outlets, and had a helping hand from numerous volunteers to make these events so successful. To sponsor or volunteer for future events, please contact BBB at 512-445-2911.