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Recycling center shreds chances of identity theft

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | August 14, 2014

Recycling may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks of identity theft protection, but the two subjects went hand in hand during National Military Consumer Protection Day July 16 at Fort Riley.

National Military Consumer Protection Day highlights consumer protection and education issues for military consumers.

In observance of the event, the Fort Riley Recycling Center set up an informational booth and recycling collection point at Armed Forces Bank, Fort Riley.

Community members had the opportunity to drop off sensitive paperwork containing personal identifying information to be shredded by a professional grade shredder at the Fort Riley Recycling Center at Camp Funston.

“Shredding paperwork that contains sensitive material regarding a person’s identity is essential in warding off identity thieves,” said Janet Schaad, administrative support assistant, Fort Riley Recycling Center, Pollution Prevention Branch, Directorate of Public Works.

“Shredded paper work can be recycled,” Schaad said. “Fort Riley has a professional grade paper shredder to dispose of any sensitive items, (including) old credit cards. The recycled shredded paperwork also creates revenue for Fort Riley that goes back into the community.”

Last year, the Fort Riley Recycling Center generated enough revenue to pay for its operating budget, as well as give more than $260,000 to Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

Programs include unit family and organizational days and improvements to DFMWR facilities and community events, such as the fireworks display at Victory Celebration.

The paper shredder is available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Fort Riley Recycling Center, Building 1945 on 4th St. at Camp Funston.

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 785-239-6797.     

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