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Chamber to offer shredding

COVINGTON - In response to rising incidents of identity theft and new laws making employers responsible for safeguarding employee records, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is teaming with A Cut Above Shredding to offer on-the-spot shredding of documents Wednesday.

From 2 to 6 p.m., residents and businesses can bring documents to the old Square Market building at 1169 Washington St., where A Cut Above Shredding will have a truck on site equipped with a mobile shredder.

The cost for shredding is $6 per box or bag. Boxes up to the size of a file cabinet drawer and tall white drawstring garbage bags will be accepted.

"The federal government passed all kinds of laws to make employers responsible for the safety of employees," said Lisa Powell, director of programs for the chamber. "They have to show they made a valid effort to safeguard employees. This is a good way for small businesses to be able to do that."

Businesses will be provided with a certificate stating the documents were shredded, Powell said.

A Cut Above Shredding is based out of Conyers and does shredding for businesses and industries. However, Wednesday's event is open to the entire community, Powell said.

Anyone who drops off documents is encouraged to stay and watch as they are shredded.

"It takes just seconds to shred a box," Powell said.

All documents will be recycled after shredding.

"It's a green way to dispose of your documents," she said.

For more information, call the Chamber at 770-786-7510.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.