Library offers 'shredding day'
They lurk — in the attic, under the bed, in the back of the closet, under the stairs, in the basement and garage — old pay stubs, checks, bank statements, doctors’ bills, insurance reports and financial statements of all sorts. They contain sensitive information — Social Security and account numbers, date of birth and address — and there may be years’ worth from before the dawn of online banking and bill paying. It could take seemingly forever to run them one by one through a home shredder.
Those so burdened may liberate themselves Saturday, Sept. 28, by bringing their papers to Wilton Library’s Shredding Day for the Community. A truck from City Confidential, a division of City Carting, will be in the library’s west parking lot, adjacent to ABC House, from 9 to noon, to shred people’s papers.
The project is a fund-raiser for the library, and City Confidential is donating its services. The minimum fee is $10 for a small bag or box of papers; $15 for half a 65-gallon container; $30 to fill a full 65-gallon container. Payment is by cash or check only.
It will be a drive-through operation. People may park, pay the fee, drop off their load and drive off. Papers will be shredded in the self-contained truck. Those who wish to stick around and watch the truck in action may take advantage of coffee and bagels from Connecticut Coffee for sale by the library.
“We realized that the library had shredding needs and the more we talked about it, the more we grasped the value of it,” said Elaine Tai-Lauria, the library’s executive director in explaining the genesis of the project. “So we decided to open it to the residents and businesses in town. With City Confidential generously donating their total services to the cause, we were able to make it a fund-raiser for the library.”
People who bring papers to shred will receive an affidavit of destruction from City Confidential that complies with Federal Trade Commission disposal rules. All types of paper can be shredded including window envelopes, papers with staples and paper clips. Binder clips may not be on any documents to be shredded.
The equipment, known as The Paper Predator, shreds documents delivered directly from the tote bin. People may watch as their materials are pulverized to the “smallest shred size in the industry,” according to City Confidential.
Information: wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950, ext. 213.