Residents take action on Earth Day and shred documents

Tuesday is Earth Day and residents got a chance to rid themselves of sensitive information.

Tuesday is Earth Day and residents got a chance to rid themselves of sensitive information.

Cars filled with bank statements, payrolls, and other information lined up to be torn up.

"Since today is Earth Day we're offering an opportunity to individuals to come and destroy their sensitive documentation,â?? Joyce Waterkotte, Business Development Manager for On-Site Information Destruction, said.

An opportunity Florence Russell says she could not pass up.

"They said to come out use and it was free and I have some papers I would like to get shredded," Russell said.

Some who were in line had only a bag or two while others had truck loads.

"With individuals holding on to it for a long time you definitely just want to make sure you are taking the correct procedures to making sure it is shredded and not just tearing it up," Waterkotte said.

She also says you are risking a lot if documents are not properly thrown away.

"Also don't want to throw all of your information just in even if you shredded it into a trash can, you want to make sure that documentation is separated so a lot of times if the documentation is together it is telling thieves what to take," Waterkotte said.

She also says last year was big year for identity theft and shares this statistic.

"So every three seconds, two individuals identity is stolen," Waterkotte said.

The on-site service helps give Russell peace of mind.

"Because this way you are more safe, people aren't going to go through your trash and find out who you are and steal your identity," Russell said.

By taking the time to properly throw away important information lets people drive off without any worries.

The thousands of shredded documents will be recycled.