News Release
City Services

June 20, 2014

Consumers, Businesses Can Responsibly Dispose of Documents and Electronics Safely at Shredder Day

Shred Your Personal Documents For Free in the United Center Parking Lot

Mika Stambaugh    312.744.5365

Protect your identity and recycle old electronic safely and responsibly at “Shred It and Forget It” Shredder Day. The event is Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — gates close at 12:45 p.m. — at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, Lot A, in Chicago, IL.

The City of Chicago has partnered with Better Business Bureau (BBB) and various government agencies to invite consumers and businesses to protect their identities from fraud by shredding unwanted personal, financial or confidential documents for FREE at the annual event.

Free electronics recycling will also be available. TVs, monitors, laptops, PCs, servers, data storage devices, printers, fax/copy machines, cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras and game consoles are among the types of electronic equipment that will be accepted at the event.

"I encourage the community to take advantage of this event so their personal information isn’t compromised," said Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek, of the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. "This is the best way to avoid being a victim and disposing of documents and electronics properly."

This annual event is hosted by: BBB, City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department, FBI, FTC, Illinois Attorney General's Office, and United States Postal Inspection Service.  Shredding and recycling services will be provided by Vintage Tech Recyclers, Beaver Shredding, Chicago Shred Authority, Shred-It and Accurate Document Destruction.

Free home shredders will be given away every 15 minutes and participants are asked to limit the material they want shredded to 10 boxes of documents per vehicle. To register online to win a free shredder and find more event information, visit www.chicagoshreds.com. More information about the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/BACP.