Worthington News

Community Shred Day

Chamber offering day to destroy files, help environment


Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce members and the public are invited to participate in a Community Shred Day from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the parking lot at the rear of The Shops at Worthington Place.

Enter the mall parking lot from West Wilson Bridge Road and follow the Shred Day signs.

On the day after the annual April 15 "Tax Day," participants may clear out old tax files or sensitive information to protect themselves against identify theft, help the environment and support chamber-sponsored scholarships by dropping off the following types of documents: legal documents, receipts, tax and medical records, bank statements and old checks, credit-card statements, financial records, insurance documents and any other sensitive paper documents.

E-waste also will be accepted. E-waste includes electronic devices, including computer components, used phones and other small electronics. A list of acceptable items is available on the chamber's website events calendar at worthingtonchamber.org.

Experienced professionals from Royal Document Destruction will shred sensitive documents on site at a mobile shred truck. Each box should be a size that a person of average strength could lift and carry. To prevent sensitive documents from spilling out and blowing away, open boxes or bags will not be accepted.

Participants who drop off boxes of documents could elect to stay in their cars while volunteers empty their trunks of boxes, or they may park and watch their documents shredded in the truck via a special camera that shows the documents being shredded. Boxes and containers may be returned to those who wait, or they will be recycled.

As a "cost" for the service, donations will be accepted for chamber-sponsored scholarships, which include annual Women's Business Network scholarships for Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne students, Leadership Worthington adult class sponsorships, support for the Ohio Business Week Foundation and training and development benefits for chamber members.

Royal Document Destruction is a certified AAA National Association of Information Destruction provider for both in-plant and mobile shredding services. The company was recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in central Ohio for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.