Document Destruction

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Document Destruction Event

Mount Prospect Public Works
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Public Works Facility
1700 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect
9 am – 12 pm
Document Destruction Only

As a courtesy to SWANCC community residents who have sensitive documents to destroy, such as medicalDDE Pic records, tax forms, bank statements, etc., the Agency provides seasonal Document Destruction Events from May through October, hosted by member communities.

Paper documents must be brought to the event in either paper shopping bags or boxes - NO PLASTIC BAGS - please! There is a limit of six paper shopping bags or file-size boxes per vehicle. Paper must be free of contamination, such as metal clips, plastic sleeves, folders, and binders. Also, please have your ID ready, as staff will be checking each vehicle. Workers will remove paper from vehicles to place in carts. Then documents will then be loaded into the shredding truck. The paper will be cross-shredded, baled, and eventually recycled into new paper products.Residents of SWANCC member communities may participate in events. 

No business or institutional waste will be accepted.

According to the  Federal Trade Commission, it is estimated that 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year, prompting the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in Washington to issue new warnings about safekeeping financial information.



Will the documents be shredded at the drop-off location or are they transported to another facility?
All documents will be shredded on-site. Workers will remove documents from vehicles and put them in a toter. When the toter is full, it is suctioned into the truck and shredded at once.

Will the documents be cross-shredded?
Yes, the machine will cross-shred the documents.

Do staples and paper clips need to be removed?
No, the machine can handle staples and paper clips, however, you need to remove all binders.

Is there a certain way to prepare my documents?
Simply put all paper documents into a bag or box for easy removal.

What happens to the shredded paper?
The shredded documents are transported to Groot’s recycling facility in Elk Grove Village and baled before being recycled into new paper.

What type of documents should I be keeping?
Generally, taxable documents should be stored for seven years. Some documents should be kept forever, and others can be recycled after your review.