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Shredded, Recycled, Reused – Attorney General’s community shred days

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | Date Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009



The Attorney General’s Office announced the success of its “Community
Shred Days” this month. In its continued effort to prevent identity theft, the Attorney General’s office
hosted three free community shredding events, one in each of Delaware’s counties. Industrial-sized
shredders at each site processed thousands of pounds of documents, and staff from the Consumer
Protection Unit provided educational information about identity theft and resources to victims of
identity theft and consumer fraud.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the nation and our shred days
provided an important crime prevention tool to the public,” said Timothy Mullaney, Director of the
Attorney General’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division. “Hundreds of consumers statewide used
these opportunities to reduce their risk of being victimized by safely destroying documents that
contained personal identifying information.”

3,500 pounds of paper was shredded in Sussex County on June 6th at the Georgetown CHEER
Center. The New Castle County shred day, held on June 13th at Frawley Stadium, yielded 11,540
pounds of material. And the Kent County shred day, held in the Boscov’s parking lot at the Dover
Mall on June 20th, produced 6,280 pounds of shredded paper. In total, 21,320 pounds – more than 10
tons – of documents were destroyed.

In addition to protecting Delawareans from identity theft and fraud, the shred events were
beneficial to the environment. Shredded documents were further refined into paper pulp which was
transferred to recycling facilities in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where it will be used to
manufacture recycled household paper products such as paper plates, paper towels and napkins.
Community shred days are part of the Attorney General’s ongoing campaign to prevent identity
theft and assist victims of the crime. Consumers are encouraged to learn more about identity theft by
visiting www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/consumers or call the Attorney General’s toll-free
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424.

The June 2009 community shred days were funded by fines and settlements secured by the
Attorney General’s Office through the law enforcement actions of its Consumer Protection Unit.
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Shredded, Recycled, Reused – Attorney General’s community shred days

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | Date Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009



The Attorney General’s Office announced the success of its “Community
Shred Days” this month. In its continued effort to prevent identity theft, the Attorney General’s office
hosted three free community shredding events, one in each of Delaware’s counties. Industrial-sized
shredders at each site processed thousands of pounds of documents, and staff from the Consumer
Protection Unit provided educational information about identity theft and resources to victims of
identity theft and consumer fraud.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the nation and our shred days
provided an important crime prevention tool to the public,” said Timothy Mullaney, Director of the
Attorney General’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division. “Hundreds of consumers statewide used
these opportunities to reduce their risk of being victimized by safely destroying documents that
contained personal identifying information.”

3,500 pounds of paper was shredded in Sussex County on June 6th at the Georgetown CHEER
Center. The New Castle County shred day, held on June 13th at Frawley Stadium, yielded 11,540
pounds of material. And the Kent County shred day, held in the Boscov’s parking lot at the Dover
Mall on June 20th, produced 6,280 pounds of shredded paper. In total, 21,320 pounds – more than 10
tons – of documents were destroyed.

In addition to protecting Delawareans from identity theft and fraud, the shred events were
beneficial to the environment. Shredded documents were further refined into paper pulp which was
transferred to recycling facilities in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where it will be used to
manufacture recycled household paper products such as paper plates, paper towels and napkins.
Community shred days are part of the Attorney General’s ongoing campaign to prevent identity
theft and assist victims of the crime. Consumers are encouraged to learn more about identity theft by
visiting www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/consumers or call the Attorney General’s toll-free
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-220-5424.

The June 2009 community shred days were funded by fines and settlements secured by the
Attorney General’s Office through the law enforcement actions of its Consumer Protection Unit.
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