Iowans shred 32 tons pounds of documents at Veridian Credit Union’s Community Shred Day
WATERLOO, IA (October 11, 2016) — Veridian Credit Union held a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 8 at five Veridian branches across the state. The event drew 2,565 people to safely discard more than 64,000 pounds of private documents.
“Shredding unwanted, sensitive documents is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent identity theft,” said Trina Becker. As Veridian’s manager of loss prevention, Becker oversees the credit union’s efforts to help members avoid fraud. “We host a Community Shred Day twice a year to encourage people to safely destroy private documents and make it convenient for them to do so.”
Veridian partnered with On-Site Information Destruction, Inc. to provide shred trucks at Veridian branches in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and West Des Moines. The shredded material will be recycled into commercial-grade paper towels, toilet paper and other products. As a result, an estimated 543 trees will be saved. The credit union started offering a Community Shred Day in 2009, and steady growth helped make it a semi-annual event in 2014. Since the inaugural event, Veridian estimates that 621,478 pounds of sensitive, unwanted documents have been shredded and recycled, saving approximately 5,266 trees. The next Community Shred Day is scheduled for May 2017.
About Veridian Credit Union
Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by 327,000 members. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services with nearly 1,000 employees and 31 branches across Iowa, eastern Nebraska and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. For more information, visit veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.