SDCCU Shreds Its Way to Guinness Record
More than 7,000 people turned out for a shred fest held by San Diego County Credit Union. The event disposed of 422,350 pounds of paper and set a Guinness World Record along the way.
The $6.5 billion credit union invited the community to its SDCCU Super Shred Event July 26 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Early that morning, hundreds of SDCCU members, families, friends and members of the public lined up with boxes full of old documents containing personal and confidential information to be shred at no charge, the credit union said.
In July 2013, SDCCU organized the effort to collect and shred 168,147 pounds of paper, setting its first Guinness World Record for the most paper collected in 24 hours at a single location, according to the credit union.
That record was beat by an organization in Texas in April 2014 with 401,925 pounds of paper collected.
However, SDCCU set a new record July 26.
"SDCCU is committed to helping our customers and the community protect their confidential data and privacy," Teresa Halleck, SDCCU president/ CEO said. "We are dedicated to preventing identity theft as well as our efforts to go green with our online banking services.”
The first 1,000 people who took advantage of SDCCU's free shredding services received a free gift. Throughout the day, participants enjoyed free food provided by Mike's BBQ and made donations to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, raising nearly $8,500.
Shred-It, a document destruction and recycling company, provided the shredding services.
LinkServ E-Waste was onsite to collect and recycle electronic waste. Its "We Pay 10" program yielded $2,000 in donations for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, which contributed to the total raised during the one-day event.
SDCCU said it began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled more than 1.1 million pounds of documents at no charge, saving more than 9,700 trees. The credit union said every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree.
“SDCCU would like to thank the entire community for banding together to help take back our world record and be a part of history. The response from the community was unbelievable – we are grateful for the overwhelming show of support," Halleck said.
She added, "More importantly, we are happy that more than 7,000 people took advantage of the free shredding services and no longer have sensitive information sitting around their homes and offices."
Check out the video of SDCCU’s Super Shred Event.