San Diego County Credit Union, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, broke its existing Guinness World RecordsTM title, and achieved a new record, at the 2019 SDCCU Super Shred Event held on June 15, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium. SDCCU, in partnership with Shred-It, iHeartMedia, Inc. and Live Well San Diego shredded 239,060 pounds of waste paper in an 8-hour period.
Over 239,000 pounds of paper collected and more than 2,000 trees saved
“We thank everyone who came out to the SDCCU Super Shred Event this past weekend and helped us achieve a new Guinness World Records title,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell. “SDCCU is pleased to not only achieve a new record, but to provide this much-needed, free service to the community. With a greater prevalence of fraud and identity theft in recent years, it is becoming more and more important to properly dispose of confidential, personal information. The first rule in preventing identity theft is, if you don’t need it, shred it.”
The SDCCU Super Shred Event began early Saturday morning, June 15, with thousands of SDCCU customers, families, friends and members of the public lining up with boxes full of old documents containing personal and confidential information to be shredded at no charge. Shred-it®, the world’s leading document destruction and recycling company, provided the shredding services. The first 1,000 people who took advantage of SDCCU’s free shredding services received a free gift. Throughout the day, more than $5,000 in donations were collected for SDCCU Stuff the Bus, a program launched in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, Star 94.1, Channel 93.3, JAM’N 95.7 and KOGO AM 600 benefiting the 22,000 plus homeless students in San Diego.
SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled over 4.3 million pounds of documents at no charge, saving more than 37,000 trees (roughly 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree). The events have also saved the community over $475,000 in costs associated with shredding documents. In 2014, SDCCU was the first financial institution to be named a Live Well San Diego partner for its efforts in helping to create a safer San Diego by providing free shredding services to the community.
For more information, visit https://www.sdccu.com/promos/shred-guinness-world-record/