Attorney General Kilmartin, Representative Helio Melo &
Senator Dan DaPonte Team Up to to Host “Shred-a-Thon”
to Help East Providence Residents Avoid Identity Theft
After the tremendous success of previous years’ consumer “shred-a-thons” throughout Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is partnering with Representative Helio Melo and Senator Dan DaPonte to bring a “shred-a-thon” to East Providence on Wednesday, March 6th to celebrate this year’s National Consumer Protection Week.
National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-9, 2013, is a coordinated campaign to encourage consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and to make better-informed decisions. This year, the Attorney General is again partnering with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in asking the public to bring a non-perishable food item when they drop off their documents.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin noted the success of the shred-a-thons, “Each year has been more successful than the last, which shows that Rhode Islanders are really getting the message: one of the best ways to safeguard personal information is by shredding documents that contain sensitive information. Last year, we added a charitable component to the shred-a-thons by asking consumers to donate non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The response was incredible – in addition to shredding nearly nine tons of materials, which was then recycled and kept out of Rhode Island’s landfills, we also collected over 600 pounds of food for the Food Bank. These events truly are a win-win: Rhode Islanders can prevent identity theft while helping their neighbors in need.”
The shred-a-thon will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, 12 noon – 2 pm at the East Providence City Hall, located at 145 Taunton Avenue. The shred-a-thon is free and open to the public. All consumers are invited to drop off up to two “banker boxes” of confidential documents for shredding.
“I commend Attorney General Kilmartin, my friend and former House colleague, for hosting this important consumer event. Being able to protect your confidential information by being able to shred documents for free is a great service to Rhode Islanders,” said Representative Helio Melo. I encourage my fellow East Providence residents to participate and bring along a non-perishable item to benefit such a worthy cause as the Rhode Island Food Bank.”
“This Shred-a-Thon is a great way for people to not only protect themselves from identity theft, but also to contribute to a very important resource: the Rhode Island Community Food Bank,” Senator Daniel DaPonte said. “I imagine not everyone goes out and buys shredders to place in their homes, so this is an excellent opportunity for people in East Providence to safely discard important documents while helping to fulfill the needs of one of our state’s most essential charities.”
The secure shredding service is provided by Doc Shredding Corp. Their securely locked trucks will be at the shred-a-thon events. Consumers can load their documents on the truck and will receive a “certificate of destruction” from Doc Shredding, which certifies that all confidential materials collected will be handled and destroyed with the highest degree of security. Materials will be transported back to Doc Shredding Corp.’s secure facility to be shredded to a fine confetti and baled on a large plant-based shredder. This offers the same level of security and confidentiality as mobile shredding, but is a “greener” option than having a diesel truck running continuously.
“We are very excited to once again work with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in helping Rhode Islanders safely dispose of confidential documents,” said Brian Johnson, President of Doc Shredding Corp. “Too often, people throw away documents that contain sensitive information, like bills and receipts. Shredding these documents is a very simple step consumers can take to protect their identity and personal information, and we are proud to participate in this important initiative. I was very pleased with the turnout last year, and that we were able to collect items for the Food Bank. This year, we are hoping to top last year’s total of 600 pounds of food collected.”
Recognizing the increased demand on food banks across the state, the Attorney General is asking participants to once again consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Representatives from the Food Bank will be on-site to collect food items; most-needed food items include peanut butter, canned soups, stews and vegetables, dried or canned beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, tuna fish and nutritious cereal. More than 60,000 people now rely on the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s statewide network of 163 emergency food pantries to help meet their basic food needs. Nearly one out of three persons served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18.
“Food banks in Rhode Island and throughout the country have seen a huge surge in demand with the difficult economy,” said Andrew Schiff, Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO. “We greatly appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts to raise awareness, as well as much-needed food items, for the Food Bank in conjunction with this beneficial event for consumers.”
Throughout the week, the Attorney General will share tips and information daily through Twitter and his blog to help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams.
National Consumer Protection Week Shred-a-Thon Locations
Monday, March 4 – kickoff event
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick
Tuesday, March 5
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Westerly Senior Center
39 State Street, Westerly
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.