Big change for Letter Rip 2017

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Letter Rip is taking place in the same spot as last year, in downtown Colorado Springs on Vermijo Street between Cascade Avenue and Sahwatch Street.

Those who want to safely dispose of their old bank records, credit card statements, and other sensitive personal papers can bring them to the shredding zone on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Cars will enter from either Cascade or Sahwatch and see two lanes of drive through service. Last year more than 1,000 participated, disposing of close to 38,000 pounds of paper.

Marcia Fields told us, “It's a great way to get rid of important papers you no longer need."

Tom Kinney said, “Oh, I missed it last year so I needed to get it this year."

A big change this year is that people must first go online and register, then bring their receipt with them or have it displayed on their mobile device. Just go to kktv.com, click on Find It, and then the Letter Rip story. From there, click on the link to register. It's first come, first serve, with users assigned a 15-minute window to cut down on traffic congestion and time.

Kathy Andrew, El Paso County’s Environmental Division manager, explained the need to register.

“To ensure we have a better flow, a better process so that we don't have so many people waiting in line. And really, it's better for the actual individuals who are coming to the event. You won't have to wait so long."

Andrew says those who don't have a computer can simply call the county at 719-520-7878 and an employee will not only register them, but also mail them a receipt to bring with them.

The first five standard-size copier boxes are free. After that, you'll be charged $5 for each extra box and $10 for larger ones. Don't become a victim of dumpster divers looking to steal your identity -- protect it by coming to Letter Rip.