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BBB Event Nearly Doubles in Size from Previous Year

Lafayette Village Collage-01RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — More than 1,500 Triangle residents participated in the Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC’s document shredding and electronics recycling event on April 18 held at Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village. This was the largest turnout the semi-annual event has seen. Nearly 53,000 pounds of documents and 26,000 pounds of electronics were collected, securely destroyed and recycled.

“Identity theft remains a pertinent problem today, it is important that individuals understand the risks involved when disposing of documents and electronics,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. “Shredding sensitive information and destroying electronic devices that contain personal data is an important first step to combating fraud.”

Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village served as location sponsors, promoting the importance of identity protection and security in the community. Free document shredding services were provided by PROSHRED® Security and A Shred Ahead®. Local recycler, GEEP collected all electronics for secure and eco-friendly destruction.

To date, the “Secure Your ID” Day events have safely destroyed more than 370,000 pounds of sensitive documents and nearly 90,000 pounds of electronics. The event is held in the spring and fall each year. For more information, visit bbbshred.org.

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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