DARTMOUTH (WBSM) — Shredding confidential documents is an important way to protect ourselves. It helps prevent identity theft, protect personal information, and prevent valuable resources from being sent to the landfill.

With this in mind, the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District is hosting a Paper Shredding Day in Dartmouth on June 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until the trucks fill up. Residents outside of Dartmouth and New Bedford, which make up the refuse district, are also able to participate.

The event will be held at the Dartmouth Highway Department at 976 Russells Mills Road, where shred trucks will meet you.

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To serve more people and the truck's capacity for paper, each participant can bring up to two boxes of paper, each weighing no more than 30 to 40 pounds. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove paper from folders and binders.

When you arrive at the shred truck, staff will remove boxes from the trunk of your vehicle, empty them into a recycle bin, and return the boxes to you. The recycle bin is then emptied into the Shred-it truck and recycled into new products such as paper towels.

Shred-it is certified by the National Association for Information Destruction and adheres to its stringent security practices and procedures. For safety purposes, participants are not able to watch their paper be destroyed.

NBCU is sponsoring the event, which is held in partnership with the City of New Bedford, the Town of Dartmouth and the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District.

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