Over 44 Tons of Paper Shredded at BBB’s 10th Annual Shred Day
Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland broke all previous records on Saturday, April 29 at its tenth Annual Shred Day, shredding over 44.7 tons of documents unloaded from 1,860 vehicles.
The free event is part of a national effort to reduce identity theft and was located at the Maryland State Fairgrounds and IKEA Baltimore. It is also BBB Educational Foundation’s primary fundraiser. With an average of 44 lbs of paper destroyed and recycled per car, donations in excess of $5,000 were collected to benefit the 501(c)3 charity.
The event was also recognized by Governor Larry Hogan with a special Citation acknowledging BBB’s ten year history of providing the community with on-site document destruction and identity theft prevention education.
Ten mobile trucks, provided by Iron Mountain, shredded on site at both locations with 100 percent of the paper collected being recycled. The event, which was open to the public and business community, has grown in popularity over the years from humble beginnings at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
“We are always thrilled and excited to see the wonderful community response to this annual event. People come year after year and are so appreciative of this much-needed service,” remarked Angie Barnett, president/CEO of BBB serving Greater Maryland. “Moving our White Marsh team to the well-known destination, IKEA Baltimore, was tremendous. They really knocked it out of the park with an amazing turnout.”
Barnett continued, “We couldn’t have done it without the help of our awesome staff, volunteers and sponsors. To think that we helped remove over 44 tons of information from the crime pipeline is truly remarkable.”
Participants at the event received identity theft prevention tips and sponsor giveaways. Sponsors included AT&T, Aberts Automotive, BGE, CARCHEX, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, EZShield, 1st Security USA, GTL Remodeling, Horizon Services, WBAL-TV and We Care Private Duty Services.