Secure Your ID and Take Advantage of the BBB’s Free Shredding Events

Free shredding event coming to both Charlotte and Asheville in April.
March 15, 2017

Media contact: Tom Bartholomy, 704-927-8613 or

Charlotte, NC – The general rule regarding documents or electronics that contain personal information is this: if you don’t need it, get rid of it. Over half of identity theft victims can trace the theft to something that was taken from their own possession. And as many of us are busy prepping our tax documents, now is a good time to understand how to prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. To help you eliminate that risk, the Better Business Bureau is partnering with Mecklenburg County, ShredIt and Goodwill in Charlotte to provide free document shredding and recycling of electronics. This free event will take place on Saturday, April 8th from 9am to 12pm at Charlotte Latin School (9502 Providence Road in Charlotte). A separate location at the ShredIt facilities (3005-I Crosspoint Center Lane in Charlotte) will be set up on April 8th as well, but will be for shredding only. 

Additionally, BBB is partnering with OnTrack Financial and American Security Shredding in Asheville for a free shredding event on Saturday, April 22nd from 9am to 12pm at the Better Business Bureau office (112 Executive Park in Asheville).

So what should you keep and what should you throw away? The BBB recommends that you adhere to the following retention schedule for these common documents: 

  • Credit card statements – ONE YEAR
  • Bank statements – THREE YEARS
  • Expired contracts, mortgages or leases – SEVEN YEARS
  • Canceled checks, stocks or bonds – SEVEN YEARS
  • Withholding tax statements – SEVEN YEARS
  • Property records and appraisals – PERMANENTLY
  • Tax returns and worksheets – PERMANENTLY
  • Insurances records, claims, accident reports, etc. – PERMANENTLY
  • Legal correspondence – PERMANENTLY