Maps Credit Union offers free document shredding in Salem in April

SALEM, OR (March 23, 2016) — Maps Credit Union will team with the Iron Mountain shredding company to shred sensitive documents for free on April 9.

The public is welcome to bring items to shred from 9 am-1 pm to the parking lot of Maps’ administration office at 451 Division St., NE, in Salem. Every person coming to the event can bring up to two medium-sized boxes of paper to shred. Iron Mountain will shred the documents on site.

The event is free and open to the public, but Maps will c

This will be Maps’ 13th Annual Community Shred Day, which the credit union started in 2004 to combat identity theft.

“If community members’ personal documents — such as taxes, credit cards statements and medical statements — get into the wrong hands, it puts them at risk of identity theft,” said Mitzi Smith, Maps’ Community Development Officer. “Giving the public a place to shred their paperwork once a year will hopefully mitigate that risk.”

Over the years, the need to protect personal information from identity thieves has grown.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission received more than 490,000 complaints about identity theft in 2015, a 47 percent increase from the year before.

Smith estimates the community will bring in about 40,000 pounds of paper on Shred Day. Once shredded, the paper will be taken to a recycler to make towels, toilet paper and other products.

For more information about Maps Shred Day, contact Mitzi Smith at 503-588-0181or send an email to

According to the Consumer Sentinel Network, Oregon has the third-highest rate of identity theft

ollect cash and coins as part of its

Change a Child’s Life coin drive to raise funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The Maps

Community Foundation will match all donations made during Shred Day.

in the U.S., with 124.6 complaints per 100,000 residents and nearly 5,000 complaints of identity

theft in 2014.

E-recycling services will not be available this year. To find a drop-off site for TVs and

computers, go to or Call 1-888-5-ECYCLE

For more information about Maps Shred Day, contact Mitzi Smith at 503-588-0181 or send an email to

About Maps Credit Union

Maps Credit Union started with 17 volunteers in 1935, running the credit union out of kitchens and classrooms in Marion County. Today, Maps serves more than 52,000 members from and nine branches throughout the mid-Willamette Valley.


Lisa Daniels
Maps Communications Specialist
503-588-0181 ext. 3230

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