HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Cars were lined up bright and early at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the biannual document shredding event sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.
"The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, in partnership with the community as a whole, offers this service twice a year to allow the community to come out for a shred day in order to shred important documents, said president of the local chapter, Elizabeth Garcia. "And it's a free service."
The event seems to get larger each year. It's an opportunity for people to safely get rid of sensitive documents they don't want to fall into the hands of identity thieves.
"I just saw it on the news," said Tyler Vaughn of Huntsville. "And I thought it would be better to recycle my stuff and have it shredded instead of throwing it away. It's a lot safer."
Bart Justice of Secure Destruction Service says people were bringing in 15,000 pounds of paper per hour. He says they average about 500 hard drives each year as well.
"We are taking the hard drive out and crushing it," Justice said. "So it is rendered physically inoperable. And after the event we scrap everything. So none of the stuff gets thrown away."
The BBB hosts the event again in April.