35K Lbs of Personal Information Destroyed in "Letter Rip"

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Hundreds took advantage of KKTV's annual "Letter Rip" event Friday, shredding thousands of pounds of personal information.

Today, the "Letter Rip" event was held in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church at 219 E. Bijou, on the northwest corner of Kiowa and Wahsatch in downtown Colorado Springs. The event ran from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

11 Call For Action and the BBB team up ever year for this event, as a way get rid of sensitive documents such as bank statements and tax records. This year, for the first time ever, people were also allowed to bring their electronics.

Mobile Record Shredders reports at the day's end that close to 600 cars came through the line to drop off boxes and more than 35,000 lbs of paper shredded. That's almost double the amount from last year.

Blue Star Recyclers reports that three tons of electronic waste was collected and more than 100 hard drives were destroyed.

Participants were allowed to bring up to five boxes free of charge, and all electronics disposal were free, with the exception of televisions.


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  • by Beckie Location: Colorado Springs on May 6, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Thanks for this event! It was very well run.
  • by Maria Location: Pueblo West on May 6, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    Wow, can people just be thankful that this event is thrown? It is no cost to you, and the event is held every year, so you can make plans to shred at the next event. As for Mobile Record Shredders...they hold free events year round. Go to their web page! You can drop by and get you documents shredded for free! They do have weekend events Fred:) All of the paper IS recyced...they are Very GREEN:)
  • by Jon on May 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    I heard this event caused significant traffic backups in the area...
  • by Fred Location: Colorado Springs on May 6, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Why hold this service between times that most people are at work and unavailable to take advantage of the service?
  • by Susan Location: SE Colo Spgs on May 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    I think this is awesome!!! What a great service to help residents get rid of sensitive materials.
  • by Mrs. Captain Obvious Location: Colroado Springs on May 4, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    With as much of Colorado has been on fire this year alone, I don't want anyone burning their sensistive documents. All we need is another large fire...
  • by Jacki Location: CS on May 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    The paper from this event is recylced and reused again. It's not going to a landfill. As far of the costs...this is not a city sponsored event, the cost are absorbed through the sponsors...so there is no exchange of funds. Someone (Captain Obvious) always has to be cynical I suppose.
  • by David Location: Colo Springs on May 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    To: "Captain Obvious" While you may burn your documents without any problems, that's how many chimney fires start. A piece of burning paper floats up the chimney and the rest is history. Or a burning paper floats out of the top of the chimney (if no spark arrestor) and sets fire to your roof, or a neighbor's roof, or the dry brush in the neighborhood. So done safely burning is a great idea. Done without proper precautions can be disasterous.
  • by Captain Obvious Location: Downtown on May 4, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    did you know that paper burns? I mean, just saying... I wonder how much this event costs? And how much would it save if everyone planning on using the service/event just burned their records like the rest of us. Send that money to the parks, I say!
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