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Free shredding April 29 at Earth Day Birthday

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Spring cleaning will be much easier with free document shredding provided by Family Trust from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 at Mount Gallant Elementary School.

The shredding coincides with Earth Day Birthday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum of York County on Mount Gallant Road, which will include an eco-marketplace, educational exhibits, activities and games.

On-site shredding of personal and business documents will be provided by Shred-it Document Management. Documents will be monitored and protected through the process. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc., do not need to be removed before shredding.

Shredding helps environment

According to Shred-it, shredding just 2,000 pounds of paper can save 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards in a landfill, 4,000 energy kilowatts and 250 carbon dioxide pounds. That’s good news for the average American, who uses about 700 pounds of paper or about seven trees a year, according to The Paperless Project.

Document shredding also is a great way to safeguard financial information and protect yourself from identity theft.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 17.6 million Americans had their identity stolen in 2014. It often involves the misuse of a Social Security number, credit card numbers and other financial information. Thieves obtain the information in a variety of ways that include dumpster diving, spamming, false pretenses and old-fashioned stealing, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Experts recommend you hold onto most financial information for seven years.