On April 21, the Better Business Bureau is hosting a free event called Secure Your ID Day during which South Sound residents can shred unwanted documents and recycle old electronics.

The purpose of the event is to give participants the opportunity to protect their identities by securely discarding paperwork and other items. According to the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, over 7,000 Washingtonians reported identity theft scams last year. Identity theft has increased across the country, making secure disposal of documents and other electronic equipment even more important than ever.

The Better Business Bureau makes the following recommendations for what to shred and when:

  • Shred immediately: sales receipts, ATM receipts, credit offers, cancelled checks, and junk mail
  • Keep for 1 year: pay stubs, bank statements, and paid bills
  • Keep for 7 years: tax-related receipts, W-2s, and records used for any tax deductions
  • Keep while active: auto titles, home deeds, disputed medical bills, home improvement receipts, and insurance and retirement documents
  • Keep permanently: birth certificates, social security cards, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, citizenship papers, adoption papers, and wills

Attend the Secure Your ID event, held in partnership with the Better Business Bureau, Puget Sound Energy, Green PC Tacoma, and Shred-it, on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BBB parking lot at 1000 Station Drive in DuPont.

Each person is allowed to shred up to three bags or boxes of documents. Electronic recycling will also be available for television monitors, computers, laptops, printers, and other items.