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:
||Monthly financial statements
||Profit and loss statements
||Capital stock ledgers
|Patent and related data
|Market research studies
||Monthly trial balances
||Credit reports, applications
||Draft copies of letters
||Inaccurate sales literature
|Personnel records Memos and legal briefs
||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.