More than four tons of personal and financial records were shredded at the 2016 Shredding Day put on by the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre and the Hastings North Business Improvement Association.
The total of 8,774 pounds was almost 2,500 pounds more than last year’s number.
Attendees donated $2,675, beating last year’s figures by 24 per cent. All donations help the Hastings Sunrise CPC further its goal of fostering a safe, secure and clean community.
“We blew away last year’s fundraising numbers,” said Clair MacGougan, executive director of the HSCPC. “I want to thank all the volunteers, board and staff who helped out – and our community partner, Best Shredding. They were awesome!”
Shredding Day is held every year as a fundraiser and to encourage people to securely dispose of all paper records that could lead to identity fraud if they fell into the hands of a criminal.
In addition, a pop-up electronics and small appliance recycling depot at the event brought in 826 items weighing a total of 2,926 pounds, more than 570 pounds heavier than last year’s total.
The event has become so popular that the organizers have already scheduled Shredding Day 2017!
So mark your calendars for Saturday May 6, 2017, and start saving those sensitive personal records for shredding then, so they’ll never betray you to the identity thieves!