Lincolnwood to host document destruction event for SWANCC residents
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County sponsors document destruction events to help residents with recycling outdated or sensitive documents. There is no cost to participate, but residents must live in one of the agency’s member communities, and identification will be checked for proof of residency.
The village of Lincolnwood will host a document destruction event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at Lincoln Hall School, 6850 East Prairie Road. As SWANCC residents from Skokie, Lincolnwood, Evanston and elsewhere drive up in their vehicles, workers will unload the paper documents into large carts. When full, the carts of paper are emptied into the truck’s cross-shredding machine. At the end of the event, the shredded documents are transported to Groot’s recycling facility in Elk Grove Village and baled before being recycled into new paper.
Typical documents to shred include medical forms, bank statements, personal files and retired tax forms. Staples and paper clips are acceptable, but binders should be removed. Residents will be limited to six grocery-size bags or boxes of documents per event.
“Every consumer is at risk of identity theft, and criminals have gotten very astute at going into garbage cans and recycling bins stealing names, addresses and even bank account numbers,” said Mary Allen, the agency’s recycling and education director, in a news release issued Monday. “Because of this constant threat, SWANCC wants to assist residents with destroying their personal information, making sure that all shredding is done on site at the host location before being recycled.”
For more information call the agency at (847) 724-9205 or visit its website, swancc.org.