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KeyBank celebrates Earth Day with Shred Day

COLONIE - On Saturday, KeyBank offered free document shredding to local residents and businesses as part of Shred Day and Earth Day.

"Proper storage and disposal of documents is a critical to safeguarding your personal information, client data and classified documents from identity thieves," said Ralph Foster, manager of KeyBank's Colonie branch.

KeyBank will be providing free document shredding by Cintas. Local residents can bring up to three boxes of bank and credit card statements, tax forms, receipts and other sensitive paper documents that require safe disposal. Documents are shredded onsite by a Cintas Mobile Shredding Truck, and all shredded material is recycled.

"We're inviting people to bring up to three boxes of bank and credit card statements, tax forms, receipts and other sensitive paper documents that require safe disposal," said Foster. "All of the documents will be shred onsite and will be recycled into secondary paper products, such as paper towels, to reduce waste and impact on the environment."

According to Tree Cycle Recycled Paper, the United States consumes an average of 800 pounds of paper per person per year, which is more than 200 billion total pounds. Cintas estimates its shredding services saves 83,800 trees, 14,800 cubic yards of landfill and 19,724 kilowatts of energy every week.
 
Recommended items to shred include:
* Invoices, bank statements and tax documents
* Canceled checks, credit card receipts and correspondence
* Profit and loss statements, market research studies and customer lists
* Sales figures, balance sheets and claims and litigation records
* Medical records, insurance records and legal documents

Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips and other binding materials do not need to be removed before shredding occurs. Participants will be able to watch their documents get shred as they pass through the Mobile Shredding Truck.