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Posted on: December 27, 2021


A woman meets a driver, a man and woman dump documents in a  garbage can, a woman directs traffic.

The Big Shred returns for its fifth consecutive year in January. The enormously popular event, linked to Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28), is set for consecutive Saturdays -- Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 -- at the West Pasco and Robert Sumner judicial centers, respectively.

Record numbers of participants produced record amounts of shreddable documents during The Big Shred IV, held last winter. Phase I, in New Port Richey, saw 442 vehicles turning over 10 tons of sensitive paper; a week later in Dade City, 129 vehicles rendered just shy of three tons of documents, boosting the total amount shredded (and recycled) in four events by 54%, to 34 tons overall.

At roughly $1 per pound shredded -- the going rate for commercial shredding services -- the Office of Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller has, through just four Big Shred events, saved patrons $68,000.

Once again, Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq., invites the public to participate in this key effort to thwart identity thieves. Participants may bring the equivalent of two tall kitchen trash bags or three standard copy paper boxes for on-site shredding conducted by Shred 360 Tampa. The window of opportunity for both events is identical: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (or until the trucks are full, whichever comes first).

We thank our partners in this effort, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, Keep Pasco Beautiful, and Covanta.

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