The city of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division is offering to help residents safely dispose of unwanted records and documents at a free “Shredding Day” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.13 at the Fire Training Tower in the City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave.

The event is open to Santa Monica residents.

Shredding is a reliable way of safely and properly disposing of documents containing personally identifying information that, if discarded improperly, could open the door to identity theft. The city has arranged for Shred-It Corporation to provide secure shredding services free of charge and all shredded materials will be recycled.

According to city officials, many people hold onto paperwork they no longer need because they don’t want to throw it in with the regular trash or dispose of it through regular recycling. This event provides a chance to clear out drawers and cabinets at home so residents can rid their homes of clutter, and protect themselves and the environment at the same time.

Trained, licensed and bonded document destruction specialists of Shred-It Corp will commercially shred documents brought to the event, safely and properly. When Shred-It destroys confidential documents, they are recycled into new paper products, which city officials say leads to results such as:

€ A reduced need for landfill space;

€ A reduced need for new lumber;

€ Less energy and water needed to process new lumber; and

€ Trees keep growing, cleaning the air and releasing oxygen.