NEWBERRY — The Newberry Electric Cooperative, in an effort to limit identity theft, held a Shred Day on Thursday with partners Shred360 and Smith Cleaning. Shred 360 brought two of their trucks that were each capable of holding 10,000 pounds of paper.
Debra Shaw, vice president of member and public relations, said Shred Day, which also acted as a school supply drive, had a great start. Before the event started at 11 a.m. they already had a line of cars.
“We had a steady flow along the way, and just getting a lot of nice school supplies and we are very excited about the participation,” she said. “People are thanking us for having this, we had people give us money for school supplies.”
Newberry County residents came to not only shred their documents, but give back as well.
Kelly Hamilton stopped by to donate school supplies as she paid her bill. Dr. Elwood Jones, Newberry resident, said he brought his personal papers that he collected over the years that dealt with credit card and Social Security numbers to be shredded.
Henry Reeder, also a Newberry resident, came out to not only get documents shredded, but to donate school supplies.
“Had some papers I needed to get rid of, old bank statements, with loose checks. I have been accumulating those things for years, and finally said this was a good opportunity to clean out all of those drawers with bank statements,” Reeder said. “I also remembered to bring some supplies, one thing about working in the school business, never get away from it, giving back a little bit.”
Greg Shealy with Shred 360 explained that their 95 gallon bin holds 300 pounds of paper.
“Our 95 gallon bin holds 300 pounds of paper. The truck grabs that container, lifts it up, tips it into the shredder, as the document goes through the shredder, it then goes through an auger at the back of the truck where it is co-mingled with about 10,000 pounds of other people’s shredded documents. It is the same theory as dumping out 10 jigsaw puzzles on your kitchen floor, shuffle them up and try to make a puzzle out of then,” said Shealy. “When the truck is full it holds about 10,000 pounds of paper. W e take it straight to our partner recyclers and all of the shredded papers are recycled into new paper products, typically tissue applications.”
Shred360 partners with different certified recyclers, this is a part of their own certification.
“This is a part of our certification because the final step in the security process, as those shredded bits of paper go through the paper manufacturing process all the bits of information that remains on bits of paper is permanently eliminated,” Shealy said.
Shred360 does not require anyone to remove staples or paperclips from their documents. Shealy said that their shredder is large and strong enough that staples, paperclips, spiral notebooks, three ring binders, binder clips and hanging file folders do not slow it down.
“All the bits of metal that are in the paper, as it goes through the paper re-manufacturing process, it goes through a chemical bath, for a lack of a better term, so as it goes through the liquid all the heavy items fall to the bottom and are sorted out,” Shealy said.
Shred360 holds about 100 events like this throughout the year. Shealy said this is the first time in a while they have held an event in Newberry. He also said they are making an effort to hold more events in Newberry.
“We have regular customers that we service on a weekly basis in Newberry, and we want to do a better job of reaching out to individual consumers and businesses,” Shealy said.
If you would like to know more about protecting your identity, or find out when another shredding event is happening, Shealy suggest visiting shred360.com, where all that information can be found.
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