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Nearly Sixteen Tons of Paper Shredded During BBB Secure Your ID Day

April 24, 2022 – Tyler, TX –The Better Business Bureau (BBB) 2022 Spring Secure Your ID Day was a great success. The event, which took place on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at BBB offices on New Copeland Rd. in Tyler allowed community members to have sensitive documents shredded at no charge. More than 700 East Texas residents attended and over 35,000 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded.

Document shredding at the event saved the equivalent of 298 trees, 53 cubic yards of landfill, 3,213 barrels of oil and 122,500 gallons of water.

“Identity theft is a serious problem claiming an estimated 1.4 million American victims last year alone,” said Mechele Agbayani Mills, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas. “Secure Your ID Day is about helping the public take steps to fight identity theft immediately and arming them with the tools and information they need to ward off identity thieves in the future.”  


A key goal of this initiative was to raise consumer and small business awareness for – and help protect against – identity theft and fraud. Participants were able to watch their sensitive documents being shredded on the spot, free of charge. Participants also had the opportunity to safely dispose of electronic equipment which may contain personally identifiable information.


As is with any successful event, all that was accomplished would not have been possible without the support of committed sponsors. We would like to thank Kelly Community Federal Credit Union and Ark La Tex Shredding Company who went above and beyond to help make this event successful:


BBB Serving Central East Texas will host Secure Your ID Day events in Jacksonville, Lindale and Longview. For more information, call Coleman Swierc at 903-581-5704.  

About BBB: BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Most BBB services to consumers are free of charge. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.3 million companies, 11,000 charity reviews, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Visit for more information. There are over 100 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central East Texas, which was founded in 1985 and serves 19 counties.

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