Don't let those older but important documents fall in to the wrong hands, go ahead and shred them before placing in the trash or recycling bin.

Identity theft is still a big issue and thieves will go to any lengths to gain access to your personal information, including going through your trash. We're constantly throwing old mail and seemingly unimportant paperwork and documents in the trash that could lead to someone stealing our identity. There is a free service coming up on Saturday, July 18th that can help you eliminate the chance of being a victim of identity theft.

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The East Texas Better Businuess Bureau and partnered with Ark-La-Tex Shredding and others for the annual 'Secure Your ID' shredding event. It is going to be held Saturday, July 18th at the Better Business Bureau office located at 3600 Old Bullard Road in Tyler from 8 a.m. to noon.

This is much more than just a shred and destroy your old financial information and other personal documents, you can also have electronics such as old cell phones, computers and hard drives destroyed and recycled.

Central East Texas Better Business Bureau Communications Manager, Coleman Swierc says,

In 2019, we helped the East Texas community shred more than 12.5 tons of documents. That saved approximately 212 trees, 87,500 gallons of water, and over 51,000 kWh of energy, not to mention the number of identities which were kept safer."

This shredding day will be conducted differently due to COVID-19. Precautionary measures will be in place and when you show up to have items shredded, you'll be asked to remain in your vehicle and volunteers utilizing personal protective equipment will assist you in having your items destroyed.