The 16th edition of the Northland Community Council's semiannual Shredding Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.
People will have a chance to reduce their risk of identity theft by having their personal papers, computer disks and other materials destroyed in exchange for a donation of canned goods to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Shredding Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1700 Morse Road, the former site of a Kohl's store.
Those participating in the community Shredding Day are asked to bring three non-perishable food items. These include canned meats, fruits and vegetables, boxed dry foods, cereals, pasta and rice.
NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy said organizers aren't certain if future shredding events can be held at the site, which is to become the location of the Franklin County Board of Elections in June 2014.
"We had good visibility, good attendance, good participation," Remy said. "With the eventual move of the board of elections, I'm not sure that opportunity is going to continue to exist."
If it can't be worked out to continue having a Shredding Day at the central location, another site will be found, he vowed.
"We're going to seek out the most convenient location for our residents to participate in this great community event," Remy said. "It's been a real positive. Obviously, several different organizations around town ... do this kind of event, but it's nice not to have to travel all over. It's a great benefit to the people in our community."
The Oct. 26 event will also offer residents a chance to recycle electronic waste such as computers, computer components, televisions, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, tapes, stereos, telephones, cell phones, cameras, chargers and more.
This service is being provided by RecycleGirl/Through Mind's Eye, an e-waste recycling and collections operation that supports community programs for youth and adults, according to a flyer from the council.
More information is available at mindseyesinc.org.
The Oct. 26 community Shredding Day is presented by the Northland Community Council, RecycleGirl, Through Mind's Eye and the Northland Area Business Association State Route 161 Task Force. It also receives support from Fireproof Records Center, which provides the shredding service and removal of destroyed documents, and the Ink Well Business Center.