Shredding will help prevent identity theft

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission.

It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation and can take time, money, and patience to resolve.

To prevent it, don’t put documents with personal information in single-stream recycling even if you think the information is old or useless. Before you destroy personal documents, including financial, tax and legal, be sure you will not need the information. There are laws governing the time you must retain certain documents. Ask your accountant, banker or attorney.

Finally, make sure and shred your documents when you no longer need them. Keep paper out of the trash. Paper comes from trees, trees absorb carbon dioxide and provide clean air as well as providing beauty and homes for wildlife.  Recycling the shredded paper is well worth the effort.

If you need a place to shred, then come to the Earth Shred 2013, April 27, at the Island Beach parking lot across from town ferry dock. Shredding will be done on-site by Confidential Shredding LLC.  All shreds will be properly recycled. The cost is only $1 per box, with an eight-box maximum per car (box size about 12 x 18 x 12 inches).

You may shred old financial statements, medical records, personal documents, old checks, and tax forms.

Please remove plastic bindings, metal clips and cardboard. For information, contact us at [email protected]

This Earth Day event is organized by the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Greenwich Green & Clean. Stop saving old documents. Take back your file drawers and garage shelves. Shred what you don’t need on April 27.

Help save a tree by assuring your old paper is shredded and ultimately recycled.

 

Joanne Clark
Old Greenwich

The author is a member of the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board.

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