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Shred documents free at museum April 26

Spring cleaning will be much easier with free document shredding provided by Family Trust at the Earth Day Birthday Celebration Spring cleaning will be much easier with free document shredding provided by Family Trust at the Earth Day Birthday Celebration at Museum of York County on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The free event will be held at the museum on Mount Gallant Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a 4-H petting zoo and more than 30 educational exhibits with hands-on environmental lessons.


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


According to Cintas, 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 680 pounds of paper or about seven trees a year, according to recycling revolution.com.


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


According to the Federal Trade Commission, an estimated nine million Americans have their identity stolen each year. 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 FTC.


Experts recommend you hold onto most financial information for seven years. Consider these documents for shredding:

Invoices Monthly financial statements
Canceled checks Profit and loss statements
Expired leases Capital stock ledgers
Patent and related data Computer printouts
Market research studies Customer lists
Sales figures Sealed bids
Strategies Balance sheets
Reconciliations Monthly trial balances
Claims, litigationrecords Timecards
Product designs Credit reports, applications
Marketing/advertising plans edical records
Micro media Draft copies of letters
Drug screens Cash books
Correspondence Tax returns
Trademark information Complaints
Blueprints Inaccurate sales literature
Contracts R&D information
Personnel records Memos and legal briefs
Technical data Insurance records
Sign-in/registration forms Credit card receipts

Of course, a great way to safeguard financial information and to be green is to use MyBranch Online Banking with Personal Finance Manager, which provides a secure way to receive monthly statements.

With MyBranch, you also can easily access balances, deposits and holds, follow your check history and get images of cleared checks. We’ll even send your balance and/or payment reminders through E-alerts.