Shred it and forget it: 'It helps people keep their identity safe'

EUGENE, Ore. -- From bank statements to outdated bills, hundreds of pounds of paper documents were cut to ribbons by high-volume shredding machines Saturday at Shred Fest.

Oregon Community Credit Union puts on the event to help people get rid of paperwork that they've left sitting around the house. Officials with the credit union say the sensitive information on some old documents could get into the wrong hands if you don't dispose of it properly.

"It helps people keep their identity safe," said Sarah Allen with the Oregon Community Credit Union. "It's important to take care of your sensitive documents in a safe, secure way. Shredding is a great way to do that. Just tossing them in the trash or the dumpster is not safe."

Now in its sixth year, organizers limited people to a total of six boxes of documents at a time to ensure they could sort and shred all the paperwork that came through.