Shred-a-Thon raises awareness of identity theft

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Although Earth Day was Monday, SunSouth Bank continued to tip their hat to the global effort by holding their fifth annual Shred-a-Thon this morning.

SunSouth Bank partnered with Assured Data Destruction to collect documents residents had to be safely and securely shredded and recycled. 

“They’re dumping them in secure containers that are locked, and they will take it back to WRC to actually shred it,” Leila McBrearty with SunSouth Bank said. “It’s very important that you get rid of your clutter and that you’re not setting yourself up for identity theft.”

The community was encouraged to bring personal items like ATM and credit card receipts, bank statements and tax records to shred in a controlled environment, but what happens to the paper once it’s collected and taken back to WRC?

“We have an industrial shredder obviously that we send the paper through, and then it’s bailed into 15 hundred pound bails, and we take those bails, and we ship those to Georgia Pacific,” said Stacey Brackin, Assured Data Destruction operation and sales manager. “They’ll take that paper and then they turn it into paper towels, paper plates, napkins, tissue paper and things such as that.”

Organizers hoped the event raised awareness about identity theft and emphasize the importance of safely and securely disposing of sensitive documents.

“It’s spring, let’s do our spring cleaning,” McBrearty said. “And April 15th’s over. Get rid of those old tax returns.”

SunSouth also partnered with the Wiregrass Area Food Bank to collect monetary donations and other non-perishable items.

If you need something shredded but missed the event, you can drop papers off at WRC’s work service center Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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