Privacy Advisor

Shred-A-Thon Days Tackle ID Theft for Westchester Residents

November 1, 2006

Westchester County Executive Andrew J. Spano announced the launch of a mobile shredder machine to help residents combat identity theft. Allocated with recycling funds, the $60,000 shred-mobile has capacity to shred 150 pages at one time and hold up to one ton of shredded paper.

County spokeswoman Susan Tolchin said, "[the truck] is raising public awareness and physically doing something to help our residents prevent their identities from being stolen. We don't want Westchester residents to have to go through the heartache, misery, aggravation and financial loss of having their identity stolen."

This not-for-profit initiative is for residents only at household chemical clean-up day events held throughout the county and will not be offered to businesses. Residents' personal papers will be shredded on-the-spot and recycled.