A week before Earth Day, Better Business Bureaus across the nation provided free shredding, recycling and identity theft prevention events.
"BBB appreciates the partners who made Secure Your ID Day possible, and the consumers and businesses who took important steps in identity theft prevention and environmental friendliness," said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.
Region Statistics: On April 16, BBB held Secure Your ID Day events in Wasilla, Alaska; Beaverton, Oregon; Kelso, Washington; and Bellingham, Washington. Attendees dropped off documents to be shredded and cell phones to be recycled.
- 781 vehicles attended
- 29,400 pounds of paper shredded
- 212 cell phones recycled
State Statistics: BBB made a positive impact in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.
Beaverton: 250 vehicles came to Unitus Community Credit Union. 24 cell phones were dropped off for recycling after data is removed, courtesy of The Wireless Alliance. Shred-it shredded 10,000 pounds of paper.
Kelso: 39 vehicles came to Dick Hannah Toyota. 21 cell phones were dropped off for recycling after data is removed, courtesy of The Wireless Alliance. Shred-it shredded 1,300 pounds of paper.
Bellingham: 400 plus vehicles came to Dewey Griffin Buick GMC Subaru. 119 cell phones were collected on behalf of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and Verizon's HopeLine. HopeLine distributes refurbished cell phones to victims of domestic violence. A-1 Shredding Inc. shredded 13,900 pounds of paper. This event was made possible by Criminal Data.
- Wasilla: 92 vehicles came to the Cottonwood Creek Wells Fargo. 48 cell phones were dropped off for recycling after data is removed, courtesy of The Wireless Alliance. Shred Alaska shredded 4,200 pounds of paper.
Did you know?
According to The Wireless Alliance:
- One thrown away cell phone can pollute 40,000 gallons of groundwater. Over 230 million Americans have cell phones and tend to buy new ones every 9 to 18 months.
According to recycling-revolution.com:
- 1 ton - 2,000 pounds - of recycled paper can save 17 trees. 17 trees can absorb 250 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. Burning 1 ton of paper would create 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
- The U.S. is the top trash-producing country in the world, at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means 5 percent of the world's people generate 40 percent of the world's waste.
Oct. 22: Details about BBB's next event coming to akorww.bbb.org/secure-your-id.