Many people may have personal papers that are no longer needed and are cluttering their house, but fear of identity theft prevents some people from trashing or recycling these sensitive documents. The Joplin Recycling Center, located at 1310 West A Street, can help.
From 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16---in celebration of America Recycles Day---the Center will host a shredding event, in which large amounts of paper can be shredded quickly at no cost to area residents. Midwest Fibre Sales Shredding Division, a document shredding company, will have their mobile shred truck at the Recycling Center for residents to bring unwanted papers. This event is sponsored by the Joplin Recycling Division, Region M Waste Management District, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
This event is free and open to all residents thanks to partial funding by Region M Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Midwest Fibre Sales Shredding Division is based out of Springfield, Missouri. The company’s shredding service is fully compliant with industry standards and regulations. All employees are background checked and drug screened.
Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator reminds residents, “Just as you shouldn’t put a big screen TV cardboard box out on trash day announcing to thieves what is inside your house, you shouldn’t help identity thieves from stealing documents from the trash or curbside recycling bins. Some items that thieves may look for include:
- Expired credit and debit cards, unused credit card checks, and statements
- Pre-approved credit card offers and applications
- Canceled checks and checking and savings account statements
- Investment and pension account statements
- Paycheck stubs and wage and earnings statements
- Phone and utility bills
- Retail invoices and statements
- Tax returns and statements
- Medical bills
- Insurance claim and policy information (auto, health, dental, life)
- Expired identification documents (driver’s licenses and passports)
Even return addresses on envelopes indicate where you bank; who your doctor is; where your investments are held; who your mortgage is maintained by and provide other similar information that provides a blueprint of your life.
If residents fear they have been a victim of identity theft, they should contact their local law enforcement agency.
“We are happy to bring this event to the Joplin community in celebration of America Recycles Day,” said Phillips. “And for those who cannot attend, the Joplin Recycling Center has a paper document destruction service for residents to use throughout the year.”
The Center utilizes three locked 96-gallon containers that are switched out with empty containers on a weekly basis by CRC Shredding. The process is self-serve---patrons can drop approximately 200 pages at a time through the restricted opening on the container. This service is no cost to patrons. All paper is shredded, mixed with other non-sensitive shredded paper, pulped, and then used in the manufacture of products such as egg cartons.
The Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from Noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.