Area Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event Breaks Record

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 24, 2012) — Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina held the semi-annual “Secure Your ID” Day event on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Coastal Federal Credit Union headquarters in Raleigh. Nearly 650 participants were provided with a safe way to destroy documents and electronics containing sensitive information. During the free community awareness event, BBB and Coastal distributed information to help educate consumers on ways to further protect themselves from identity theft.

Shredding participants dropped off an array of items that included checkbooks, bank statements, school records, utility bills, credit card receipts and register receipts. In total, nearly 10 metric tons of documents were safely destroyed. Shredding services were provided by PROSHRED®. Electronics destruction and recycling was provided byGEEP. More than 9,000 lbs. of electronics were recycled including iPods, cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

“Identity theft is an issue that simply cannot be ignored,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. “We host our semi-annual events to help consumers protect themselves, and it was a thrill to see so many people take advantage of this opportunity.”

BBB hosts its “Secure Your ID” Day events in the spring and fall each year. Curtis Media Group served as a promotional sponsor through on-air announcements on WPTFPulse 102Radio 96.1 and Funny 570, as well as with introductions to drive-time traffic across all CMG stations. The next event will be held on April 20, 2013. For more event information, visit www.easternnc.bbb.org/secure-your-id.

About BBB serving Eastern North Carolina: 
Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,000 local businesses and professional firms. BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by BBB include reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, consumer/business education programs and dispute resolution services. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.

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