Protect identity, environment at Earth Day shredding, recycling event

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A free-shredding and recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at 11595 N. Meridian St. (Submitted photo)

A free-shredding and recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at 11595 N. Meridian St. (Submitted photo)

By Chris Bavender

With spring cleaning underway, Comprehensive Retirement Solutions and CRS Tax Solutions are offering a free Earth Day recycling and shredding event to help people protect their identity and the environment. This is the third year for the event, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at 11595 N. Meridian St.

“The first year it was just shredding and (recycling of the shredding). Last year we added electronics. We started because we were focusing on the increased need for clients to shred confidential documents to help protect them from identity theft,” said Tifney Fields, vice president of marketing for CRS. “We partnered with the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, who gave out educational material regarding identity theft cases and ways to avoid exposing yourself. From there we expanded to include other partners, and it made sense to do it on Earth Day.”

During the event, residents can shred confidential documents, donate clothes and recycle old electronics (except for tube TVs) while grabbing a free cup of coffee courtesy of Mission Coffee.

“We take private information very seriously and want to help others do the same,” said Michael Fields, president of Comprehensive Retirement Solutions. “People should take advantage of this free event to destroy any information that could jeopardize their financial future or their retirement planning,”

Attendees will receive a tree seedling from Thrive Christian Church to promote the grand opening celebration of its new campus in June in Westfield. The first 200 cars through the line also will receive free goody bags.

“We would love to have 300 cars through our drop-off line. Last year we had close to 150, and it was pouring rain,” Fields said. “It was so exciting to see so many people still come out in the rain.”

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