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

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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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