Safe shredding event at 22News a resounding success

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – For more than three hours Saturday, more than a thousand cars pulled into the 22News parking lot to get their personal papers and other documents shredded by the Proshred security personnel.

It was the biggest shredding event western Massachusetts had ever experienced. People waited patiently for their turn, as cars came from all over western Massachusetts.

Dave Henshaw from South Deerfield was one of those looking to properly dispose of their documents. He said, “It’s hard to find a place to get secure shredding, It’s really a good thing.”

More than 30,000 pounds of unwanted paperwork was shredded.

Debbie Sanchez from Feeding Hills said, “I really appreciate WWLP putting this on. I can purge my office and get rid of some very important papers that I didn’t know what to do with otherwise.”

Milagros Johnson, director of the Springfield Office of Consumer Information, was deeply impressed by the size of Saturday’s turnout. She told 22News, in the interest of protecting ourselves from identity theft, people were ridding themselves of just the right paperwork. “I’m seeing a lot of tax records, be careful with your tax records, old checkbook stubs, people have old bank statements, a little bit of everything.”

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Johnson called this the most successful shedding operation she had ever seen.

So successful in fact, the shredding continued past the noon cut-off point, so as not to disappoint anyone.

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