As Earth Day approaches and tax season draws to a close, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to participate in a community shred day from 10:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the parking lot at AAA Ohio Auto Club, 90 E. Wilson Bridge Road.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to clear out old tax files of sensitive information, protect against identify theft, help the environment and support chamber-sponsored scholarships by participating.
Items that might be dropped off include legal documents, receipts, tax and medical records, bank statements and old checks, credit-card statements, financial records and insurance documents.
Experienced professionals from Royal Document Destruction will shred the sensitive documents on site at a mobile shred truck. Participants may inspect the process, if desired, through a viewing tube.
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 won't be accepted.
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 class sponsorships; support to the Ohio Business Week Foundation; and training and development benefits for chamber members. The suggested donation is $5 per box of documents.
For a fee of $15, computer monitor CRTs, tube TVs and other electronics will be accepted and the hard drives removed and destroyed on site.
Office copiers and printers will be disposed of for a $40 fee per unit.
Royal Document Destruction is a certified AAA National Association of Information Destruction provider for both in-plant and mobile shredding services.