COVINGTON -- If you don't want anybody else to have it and you don't need it, shred it.
That's the theory behind Shred Day, an event being hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. On April 21, the Chamber will make destruction of documents easy for all local residents and businesses.
Along with Newton Federal and A Cut Above Shredding, the Chamber is sponsoring Shred Day from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Documents will be shredded at no charge. The event will take place in the Chamber parking lot, located at 2101 Clark St.
For those who ask 'Why bother?' Lisa Oglesby, director of programs for the Chamber, has the answer.
"For a business, it's the law. Federal law requires a business or organization to comply with laws and regulations that are in place to protect employee and customer information," Oglesby said. "Documents must be destroyed, not just thrown in the trash."
Individuals should also be concerned about identity theft, which has increased in recent years as technology allows easier access to personal information.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. One of the tactics thieves use isn't high tech at all: Dumpster diving, or rummaging through trash looking for bills or other papers with personal information. Shredding can prevent them from finding anything.
During Shred Day, cell phones will also be accepted for recycling.
For more information, call 770-786-7510.