SDCCU broke its existing Guinness World Records title at the 2016 SDCCU Super Shred Event

SDCCU broke own record for the most paper collected in 24 hours

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 28, 2016)San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution broke its existing Guinness World RecordsTM title at the 2016 SDCCU Super Shred Event held on July 30, 2016. 

SDCCU tore-through its previous Guinness World Records title for the most paper collected in 24 hours, with the collection of 589,251 pounds at its SDCCU Super Shred Event in July 2016. SDCCU organized the effort, which got them Guinness World Records title for the fourth year in a row for the most paper collected in 24 hours at a single location. During the event, 70 trucks were used to collect and shred the paper, saving over 5,000 trees!

“San Diego County Credit Union is pleased to provide this free service to the community, helping to protect privacy and security in an era when fraud and identity theft has been on the increase in recent years. We thank our customers and the entire community for coming together to once again, put San Diego on the map with a world record title,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. 

Partnering with SDCCU to make this event possible is Shred-It®, the world’s leading document destruction and recycling company, which was onsite to shred documents at no charge to the public. The first 1,000 guests who arrived at the SDCCU Super Shred Event and shredded their old documents also received a free gift. Additionally, over $2,700 was collected in donations for SDCCU Stuff the Bus, a program launched in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, Star 941, Channel 933, JAM’N 957 and KOGO AM 600 benefiting thousands of homeless students in San Diego.

SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled more than 2.4 million pounds of documents at no charge, saving over 21,100 trees (every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree), and re-routing nearly 29,000 pounds of e-waste from landfills into appropriate recycling centers. When you place each piece of paper end-to-end, the total distance would equal nearly 11,000 miles – or, the distance between San Diego and Madagascar!

About San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU)

SDCCU is one of the nation’s top credit unions, proudly serving the financial needs of customers in Southern California counties including Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. SDCCU has assets of over $12 billion, more than 433,000 customers, over 40 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU mobile banking, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. NMLS #580585.  For more information, visit


Nathan Schmidt
EVP, Chief Experience Officer & Digital Channels
San Diego County Credit Union
PO Box 261209, San Diego, CA 92196-1209
P: (858) 597-2504

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