Documents that reveal one’s identity and the disposal of computer and related items can pose storage dilemmas for many Des Moines families. Veridian Credit Union, with metro locations in Ankeny and West Des Moines, can help solve that dilemma this weekend with its free Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. "Shred trucks" will be on site to shred the equivalent of up to two 20 gallon totes documents free of charge per vehicle.
Now in its fifth year, this event is open to the public. Cindy Van Donselaar, public relations strategist, says, “The cooperative business model includes helping people with an opportunity to protect their identities. This event is part of being involved in the community.”
How it works: Each location will have signs and staff to direct traffic, and participants should be done within ten minutes. Staff will unload participants’ containers of shreddables, and dump it into bins, which will then be wheeled to the shred truck. Once the truck is full of shreds, the material goes to an Iron Mountain facility.
Bonus: Van Donselaar notes that “staples don’t need to be removed.” The shred truck handles staples.
Extra value: Families can also dispose of e-waste in a safe and responsible manner for free at the Veridian Community Shred Event. Usually accepted at at the rate of $0.50 per pound by Metro Waste, the area’s solid waste service provider, e-waste includes computer hardware such as old monitors, keyboards, printers, software, and more. Volunteers from Goodwill, in partnership with Dell, will handle e-waste much like shreddables – they will move e-waste from the participants’ vehicles and process it for resale or recycling. A complete list of accepted items is listed at the Reconnect webpage. There is also a video that demonstrates the potential end use of old hardware.