Power To Save: Community Shred Day In Danville

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DANVILLE -- Our Power To Save report takes us to Montour County where people were invited to shred confidential documents so they don't get into the wrong hands.

The "Community Shred Day" in Danville is attracting lots of folks who want to get rid of personal paperwork.

Boxes filled with old bills, tax returns, years' worth of documents with sensitive information, all came into J.A.W.S. Recycling in Danville for the community shred day.

"Oh, I look forward to this every year, because I get rid of a lot of paper that way," said Dee Pytko of Danville.

Scott Bartges of Riverside brought a couple boxes to shred, more than his little shredder at home can handle.

This is all free thanks to J.A.W.S. and Geisinger's sustainability program.

"We do this every year and like today we had 18 pounds worth of paper to chew up besides what we do every week. We appreciate it," said Scott Bartges of Riverside.

Security is key at this J.A.W.S. facility. We couldn't get close to the shredding with our cameras.

Even those wanting to shred their documents have to stand across the room to watch just so no one spots anyone else's sensitive information.

"It's nice and secure. You can go in and watch it go through and it's gone and it's great. It's a good thing with all the identity theft," Bartges said.

Last year was the first free shred day. They got nearly 6,000 pounds of paper then. This year, they are hoping for more.

"We wanted to do this for the community because most people want their stuff to be secured today, but because we run such a big operation it costs a lot," said Jill Kuntzman, J.A.W.S. Recycling, Inc.

J.A.W.S. does shredding for businesses all the time at a cost and it's not just getting rid of personal information. Everything brought in gets recycled. Often shredded documents just go to landfills.

On free shred day, Workers at J.A.W.S. were amazed at how long some people said they kept their old documents.

"Boxes of stuff, some from 1940," laughed Kuntzman.

When it's free, it's time to part with all those papers from the past.