Now that tax time is in the rearview mirror of all but the most diehard of extension-seekers, it might be a good time to think of getting rid of some of the records that the passage of another year makes obsolete.
The Northland Community Council has you covered.
The first Northland Community Shredding Day of 2011, which will once again include a food drive for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's branch at 5590 Karl Road.
The events offer residents the opportunity to protect themselves against identity theft by having personal papers, computer disks and other material shredded beyond recovery by the mobile shredding unit of Fireproof Records Center.
There is no charge for the service, which is presented by the NCC and the Northland Area Business Association State Route 161 Task Force.
The Northland Community Shredding Day is endorsed by the Columbus Division of Police and supported by Fireproof Records, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Ink Well Business Center.
NCC president Dave Paul said he scheduled the May 21 event as a result of a little gentle nudging from local residents who felt it was about time for another one.
"It always feels a little rewarding that neighborhood members, community folks, have contacted me to say, 'When are you going to do another shredding day?' which tells me that people like it and it's something they look forward to," Paul said.
The NCC president added that he is hopeful, as he always is during the twice-a-year events, that residents bring enough materials that the records firm's mobile shredding truck, which can hold 8,000 pounds of shredded material, gets filed.
"I think that's probably my goal every time I'd just like to fill the truck," Paul said.
He pointed out that the last time he was at a well-known office supply store, the receipt for his purchase also included a voucher for a shredding service that charged 59 cents a pound.
At 59 cents a pound, a filled truck would represent more than $4,700 in service, he added.