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People will have the opportunity to dispose of sensitive documents and better protect themselves against identity theft, thanks to a July 8 event. 

Senior Citizens Shred Day, sponsored by Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, and PACE Shredding, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8 at PACE Enterprises inside Mylan Park.  Local senior citizens are invited to place their documents inside locked containers that will be lined up outside the PACE facility.

"We know our seniors are often on a limited budget and yet are also targets for identity theft.  Senator Beach approached us with the idea of a free senior shred day and we were happy to show our support for our senior citizens," said Greg Morris, CEO of PACE Enterprises.

PACE officials say shredding is the best way to dispose of credit card and financial statements, old tax forms, pre-approved credit card offers, bills, checks, documents with personal identification numbers and expired passports. 

Shredding services will be provided by PACE Shredding, who will move documents inside locked containers into a secure shredding facility.  Once inside the tightly guarded shredding room, documents are co-mingled in preparation for shredding (a security feature to ensure that final baled material cannot be reconstructed) and contaminants, such as metal, are removed.  Confidential documents are shred to 5/16" strips and then baled.  After being placed in 1500 pound bales, the material is released to a paper company for recycling.

Up to five boxes per person will be accepted. Additional shredding can be done at a reduced cost.  Staples, paper clips, hanging folders and rubber bands are acceptable. Three-ring binders must be removed.


All the shredded material will be recycled at the end of the event. 

For information about Community Shred Day contact Carisa Collins, PACE Shredding account executive by calling 304-376-0036.