First Service Credit Union’s Shred Day nets 14.5 tons of paper, saves 247 trees

HOUSTON, TX (May 26, 2016) — In just four hours on Saturday, First Service Credit Union helped its members and other individuals in the community save 247 trees through shedding and recycling their unneeded paper documents.

First Service, the fastest-growing credit union in the Houston area, hosted its annual Shred Day at two of its branches, in Katy and South Houston. The chance to bring papers and have them securely shredded at no charge was offered to anyone in the area. Hundreds of families and individuals took advantage of the opportunity at each site.

“People were already lined up well before the shredding trucks opened their doors at the two locations,” said Mike McWethy, Executive Vice President of First Service Credit Union. “This was a huge success, and something we will definitely plan to do again. Clearly, people appreciate the opportunity to get rid of these documents safely and minimize the risk of financial fraud or identity theft.”

Between the two locations, a total of 29,050 pounds – 14.5 tons – of paper was collected and shredded. According to the company that did the shredding, recycling that much paper saves 247 trees, eliminates the need for 43 cubic yards of landfill space, and saves the equivalent of 29 barrels of oil and 100,000 gallons of water needed for paper production.


Photo caption: Community members line up at the First Service Katy branch to have their documents shredded.

About First Service Credit Union

First Service Credit Union (First Service) is a member-owned financial cooperative operating from 10 branch locations throughout the Houston, Texas, area. Established in 1977 as Brown builder Federal Credit Union, the credit union serves more than 68,000 members with over $847 million in assets. Membership is available to the family of existing members and those who live, work, worship or attend school in Harris, Waller or Fort Bend Counties or Conroe or Magnolia Independent School Districts. First Service also serves the employees of a number of Select Employee Groups, including KBR and CenterPoint. For more information, visit


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