MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A shredding event sponsored by Montgomery's Clean City Commission, which was postponed due to a rainy weather forecast, will take place Friday.
According to officials, MCC, Max Credit Union, AARP Alabama and Gilmore Services, the free shredding day will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"You can bring up to five boxes or bags of your personal documents. We will be able to shred them. They do not have to be sorted. You can have paper clips, rubber bands, and staples. You don't have to worry about getting rid of those," said Brooke Rollan with MAX Credit Union.
The event, which is also sponsored by City Councilmen Richard Bollinger, Charles Jinright, and Arch Lee, is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identify theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to five boxes of old personal information. The shredding trucks will be located in the north parking lot of the Garrett Coliseum at 1555 Federal Drive.
"When you are cleaning out closets and getting rid of tax items and old files and you want to do it safely. They are disposed right there. They are shredded right there on site," said Anne Hails from AARP.
With more than 13 million Americans affected by identity theft each year, organizers' big goal is to help in fighting back against it.
"ID theft is so pervasive and it is important that people protect themselves as much as they can," said Hails.
This event is intended for private residential document shredding, officials say, not for business or company disposal. No advance document sorting is necessary either as the shredding equipment can destroy the paperwork with paper clips, staples or rubber bands.
Officials say Gilmore Services guarantees that all confidential records are disposed of properly. All of the shredded paper will be recycled.
While there is no cost associated with the shredding, participants are asked to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank.