PHOENIX – Members of the public are invited to a free document shredding event hosted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to reduce the risk of identity theft. Destroying unneeded tax returns, billing statements and other papers with personal identification is an effective way of keeping sensitive information from falling into the hands of identity thieves. The free Shred-A-Thon will also offer residents an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or until shredding trucks are full) at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix 85023.
“This free event offers members of our community an opportunity to help reduce the risk and impact of two serious problems: identity theft and prescription drug abuse,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “The Shred-A-Thon also provides everyone a good excuse to clean out their files and medicine cabinets and get rid of items they no longer need.”
The free shredding services will be offered by Iron Mountain in conjunction with the Moon Valley Neighborhood Association GAIN (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) event, which features a series of family-friendly activities to support public safety. For more information, visit www.moonvalleyna.org.
The County Attorney’s Office encourages residents to bring the following types of documents to the Shred-A-Thon (limit: five 13-gallon trash bags or five “banker’s boxes” per vehicle):
- Tax returns and documents older than five years
- Statements from banks and financial institutions
- Cancelled checks
- Paycheck stubs
- Unneeded medical records and billing statements
- Any other unnecessary document containing personal information
Expired, unused or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications will also be accepted for disposal. Please note: we cannot accept used or unused inhalers or sharps.