Identity theft is rampant, and thieves will not hesitate to rummage through trash to find any type of personal information. Take proactive steps to protect your credit.

If you are like me, you likely have old paperwork, confidential files, etc. sitting in a corner that is to dense for you small paper shredder to handle. Luckily, there are two upcoming chances for you to keep your information confidential while de-cluttering your life.

ALTRA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SHRED DAY

Altra Federal Credit Union and Ark-La-Tex Shredding are teaming up for a FREE Community Shred Day on Oct. 20 from 10-2 p.m. at 8976 S. Broadway Ave in Tyler (The Villages at Cumberland Park.) You can bring up to two grocery bags of unwanted and sensitive documents to shred onsite, and you don't need to remove staples, rubber bands, or paper clips.

Even better, everyone who participates can register to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.

Altra Federal Credit Union is also encouraging everyone to bring five non-perishable food items to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.

It's a win-win for everyone.

CBS19 SUPER SHREDDER DAYS IN TYLER/LONGVIEW

If you can't make it on Oct. 20, that's okay. CBS19 is hosting two shred days the following week, one in Tyler and one in Longview.

  • Super Shredder Day in Tyler is Oct. 24 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the CBS19 parking lot located at 2211 ESE Loop 323. Ark-La-Tex Shredding will be onsite to shred your unwanted and sensitive documents. The City of Tyler will also be there to collect small appliances for a $5 disposal fee.
  • Super Shredder Day in Longview is set for Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Austin Bank parking lot at 911 W. Loop 281. Ark-La-Tex Shredding will be onsite to shred your unwanted and sensitive documents. According to CBS19, someone will also be onsite to collect unwanted electronics.

I am thankful these companies recognize the need to offer free shredding services. Identity theft is rampant, and thieves will not hesitate to rummage through trash to find any type of personal information. By shredding your documents, you are taking proactive steps to keep your information confidential and safeguarding your credit. Not to mention, you can work on de-cluttering your life.