DULUTH - Nearly twelve million people are affected by identity fraud every year but now an area organization wants to shred that number.
The Duluth Superior Eco- Rotary Club hosted “Document Shredding Day” on Saturday.
Community members brought boxes of sensitive information, including old papers, bills, receipts and bank statements.
They were all destroyed to protect folks from potential theft and fraud.
“If you throw things into a recycling bin, or you throw it into a dumpster or garbage, there's nothing to insure that you have privacy, it's going to end up in a landfill and anybody can walk into a landfill and capture that information, so this is the best way of being able to make sure that your identity is safe,” said Lynn Johnson, an at large member of the Eco-Rotary Club.
The club's goal was to shred about 150 boxes, weighing 30 pounds each.
They hope to host the event again in June.