A recent document shredding event held by Shred-it in Denver, Colorado, was so popular that cars were lining up hours before the 7 a.m. start time when the Shred-it mobile trucks started shredding documents. In fact, so many people showed up during the event with documents they wanted destroyed that Shred-it was able to set a Guinness World Record for ‘Most Paper Collected in 24 Hours at Multiple Venues’.
That’s a win-win-win all around!
How did it come together?
The Shred-a-thon was held in five Denver communities on May 19. Residents were invited to bring up to three boxes or bags of personal documents they wanted destroyed. Residents who brought documents for shredding were also encouraged to make a donation to the Metro-Denver Crime Stoppers, one of the event partners.
The response was overwhelming and helpful in so many ways. Many Denver residents were able to have their confidential papers securely destroyed. (Research has shown that most identity thieves get information through traditional paper-based sources and often these documents are ‘found’ in the garbage or recycling bin.) Crime Stoppers received record donations and helped to further the message about identity theft. And Shred-it collected and shredded 210,025.97 kilograms or 463,028 pounds of paper – and earned a Guinness World Record!
Of course, Shred-it couldn’t have done it without local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, Crime Stoppers, 9News and Shred-it employees who all worked together to publicize and run the event.
A huge thank you goes out to the community and everyone who participated!
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