Md. Officials Hold Free Shredding Events

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With tax day this week, think about all the documents lying around your house that have sensitive personal information on them.  There were free shredding events held all over Maryland Saturday.

Mike Schuh reports there was an overwhelming turnout.

People took every space on the curb, walked with full shopping bags and baby carriages and drove up with trunks full of paper.

“I came off 83 and said, `I know this can’t be for the shredder,'” said Lawrence Little.

The shredder destroyed tons of personal documents inside three huge trucks.  And when you do this for free, it draws a crowd of thousands, people burdened with too much paper they’ve held on to for too long.

“Well, there’s a double line here, out on to Falls Road,” said Jeff Rupp, Shred-It.

They rolled up and walked up to shred more than just paper.

“Cell phones,” said Robert Beckett.  “They’re old and have information.  I don’t know who to give it to.”

Unlike recycling or throwing away at home, these are guaranteed to be secure because they’re shredded on the spot.

“There’s a huge need,” Rupp said. 

Each one of the three trucks holds about $1,000 worth of recycled paper.  All the proceeds from this shred are going to Junior Achievement.

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  • bunny

    Would it have been too much for you to actually include information on where the events are, if they’re still occurring?

  • Puglover222

    They should of had more trucks. We were shut out at 12:30. Boxes are still in the car. Where and when is the next free shredding event.



    • pigeon

      Unbelievable isn’t it?!

      • pigeon

        At least a subtantial amount of money was raised for “our children” and JA.

  • political correct

    folks you depend on the goverment way to much reach down and grab a pair

  • afriad of your own sahadow

    you folks can’t trash your own trash, reach down and grab a pair is a good way to put it, write a book on geting rid of trash america u aredepeded on the goverment how did you get this way,,,,,probaly a lot of fear,,,,,,,,

  • steve

    On Saturday, May 14, 2011 the Kiwanis Club of Reisterstown is having a free paper shredding event at the Cherryvale Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown. (in front of Office Depot) from 9:00a.m. until 1:00p.m. Contact Jan Dudey for more information 410-356-5707 There is no charge but donations are welcomed.

  • PatP

    Thank you Steve for the information.

    As for the other ridiculous comments, GROW UP.

  • sheriff willie

    Hey Pat P. You grow up & do something on your own without getting tax payer money & government involved.

    • Joe

      Sw, I listen to you bash people all the time and stay out of it. Mst of the time it’s because your right. This time your just being an angry old antagonist, the Kiwanis club is not government and is not getting tax payer money. Read what was said before you go lashing out at people. Also, I don’t care if I mispelled anything here so please know your comments about my education only prove that your more focused on attacking the individual and not the philosophy.

  • J

    You gotta be pretty low to come on a website and bash people about shredding paper of all things. These shredding events actually make money. It’s free to you, but as the article says, the trucks hold $1,000 dollars worth of recycled paper. You bring the paper to them, so they don’t have to spend any money coming to you, all they have to do is sit there and run the shredder. You bringing them paper makes them money, not a lot but it’s still something. The recylced paper gets sold. In this case the profits after costs are going to Junior Achievement. It has nothing to do with government or taxes. I love these comments from people who speak without knowing.

    • sheriff willie

      The Kiwanis club, Lions, & other civic org’s are run & funded by white middle class WASPS for the most part. They are the closest thing to a Right wing Nazi group using kids as a front. Total B.S. for people who have no power in the business world to be “Big guys” at the club. Horse-s**t. & Oh by the way, They are connected to the government & funded in part by the schmuck tax payers because of Non-Profit status.

  • pigeon

    J – I agree in part with you. But the very heading of this article indicates this was put on and sponsored by MARYLAND OFFICIALS; if that isn’t government nothing is.
    The good that came from this is a lot of trash missed going to the landfills, and our young people thru JA benefited.
    Better outcome would have been the company doing this completely on their own and giving money to JA.
    Bad thing is this wasn’t published enough through the media and “open” time didn’t last long enough. Figure this was due to the fact of insufficient number of trucks being made available or that was the limit the company put on this “benefit/fund raiser”.
    No matter, on behalf of all JV students, thank you to Shred-It for their support.

    • pigeon

      Excuse the error in last sentence – I meant JA. Both JA and JV takes me WAY BACK to my school days.

  • Kimberly Blackwell

    duhhhh y not just buy a shredder or a fire out bak in the yard or heck shred it then burn it!!!!!

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