BBB holds shredding day

YOUNGSTOWN – Randy Heaver had accumulated about one year’s worth of personal documents in his home, so much so he’d have to ”buy three new shredders” to properly dispose of all those old bank records, bills and checkbook registers.

So it was much easier for Heaver to load up his Jeep Wrangler and drive from New Middletown to the Covelli Centre in Youngstown for ”Secure Your ID Day,” put on Saturday by the Better Business Bureau and Alpha Omega Document Management.

”I had about a year’s build-up on my part,” Heaver said.

BBB employees and volunteer student-athletes from Youngstown State University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams and the football team unloaded documents from vehicle after vehicle, occasionally chasing a wind blown stray piece of paper, and dumping the waste into bins waiting to be shredded.

More than 260 vehicles came through the line. Last year, the event had about 18 tons of paper shredded, ”personal records that are no longer out there for anyone to steal,” said Carol Potter, BBB president.

Much of what people brought included bank and credit card statements, medical and prescription documents, wills and other legal documents and business-related paperwork.

”People are so appreciative, so relieved, they just got everything organized, out of their house and it’s going to be destroyed … they are so happy, it’s just like they cleaned their garage,” said Potter, whose BBB represents Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Paul Kulow of Youngstown brought documents from his automobile business, including old lease agreements and temporary license tags.

He said he had about 2,200 pounds of old paperwork at his home, much of which already has been hauled away and destroyed, ”but I missed a couple of boxes, so I threw them in the station wagon and brought them down here.”

When the event ended at noon, both trucks from Alpha Omega, which hold five tons of material each, were about half-way full, said Don Gosney, a sales executive with the Canfield-based business.

The shredded material will be recycled and so will the cardboard boxes left by people who dropped off material. The free event is in its 10th year.