Operation Shred held by Clearwater PD

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – A total of 26,678 pounds of shredded paper was collected during Operation Shred on Saturday at Westfield Countryside Mall.

Organizers for the event say they also collected 660 pounds of cardboard. Combined, that equals 27,338 pounds of recyclable materials.

Clearwater Police organized the shredding event to help residents safely get rid of their unwanted documents.

The operation aims to help cut down on potential economic fraud.

“Once an identity theft occurs, a victim can be affected multiple times in multiple ways,” said Police Chief Dan Slaughter. “It can be a nightmare and ruin your credit history. We want to help prevent that.”

“There’s a right way and a wrong way to properly and safely dispose of almost everything,” said Earl Gloster, solid waste and recycling director. “Our team at Clearwater Solid Waste is pleased to partner with the Clearwater Police Department to assist residents’ efforts to safeguard their personal information through proper disposal.”

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