NewsChannel5 to host free document shredding event with Fifth Third Bank, Lorain Community College

Destroying unwanted documents key to ID protection

CLEVELAND - Shredding your unwanted documents is still one of the best ways to protect your identity.

NewsChannel5 is doing its part teaming up with Shred-it, Fifth Third Bank and Lorain County Community College to host a free document shredding event on Saturday, April 27.

Residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of unwanted documents from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the shredding trucks are full.

The NewsChannel5 shredding event will be hosted by 5 On Your Side Consumer Advocate Jenn Strathman, Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson, NewsChannel5 Anchor Lee Jordan, 5 On Your Side investigator Sarah Buduson, 5 On Your Side Reporter Paul Kiska and 5 On Your Side Troubleshooter Joe Pagonakis.

The free Shred-it event will take place at the following locations:

- Lorain County Community College – 1005 N. Abbe Rd. in Elyria - Lot 8 (Abbe / North Drive)
- Fifth Third Bank Pleasant Valley branch – 7414 Broadview Rd. - Parma
- Fifth Third Bank in Willowick – 30160 Lakeshore Blvd.

If you can't make it to our event, picking the right home shredder will give you the identity protection you need.

"There are few things to consider when selecting a shredder," said Bill Botkin, Sales Consultant with Today's Business Products in Parma.

"Number one, you don't want to buy something too small, you have to evaluate how much shredding you're going to be doing," explained Botkin. "Consider how many sheets the shredder can take at one time, the size of the waste basket, who will be using it, the type of cut, and the length of the warranty."

More information on choosing a home shredder can be found on this website:

If you can't afford your own shredder, the city of Cleveland has taken a leading role in shredding unwanted documents free of charge.

The program is being led by the Cleveland Division of Waste Collection and Disposal and its interim commissioner Randell Scott.

"The program is also helping us in our effort toward sustainable recycling," Scott said. "Once these documents get shredded, we send them off to our recycling vendor, and the city shares in the revenue that comes from that."

Residents living in any northeast Ohio community can bring their documents to the recycling center located at East 55th and Carnegie Avenue weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no limit, but the documents should be boxed or be hauled in bags.

"Make sure the documents are clean, make sure there are no metal file folders in them," Scott said. "The documents should be as clean as possible, but staples are OK. Our machine can handle that."

The Cleveland recycling program also includes a portable shredder that can be sent to community events free of charge.

If a community group is hosting an event and they want to use the portable shredder, group leaders should contact the division of waste program director several weeks in advance at 216-664-2156.,

More information on the City of Cleveland Recycling and Shredding Program can found on the city's website:

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