Company sets record for most paper collected in 24 hours at multiple venues.
The mobile document destruction firm Shred-it, with corporate headquarters in Toronto, reports that it has received acknowledgement that it set a Guinness World Record for the most paper collected in 24 hours at multiple venues. The company set the record at the annual 9NEWS Shred-a-thon in Denver May 19, 2012.
The company collected 463,028 pounds of paper, according to the Guinness World Records website.
The Shred-a-thon was part of a larger event for Metro Denver Crime Stoppers designed to draw awareness to and help remove the potential for identity theft while raising funds to help solve crimes. Five Denver-based locations participated in the effort, beating last year's 2011 Shred-a-thon record by 43 percent. All of the money collected at each of the five Shred-a-thon sites funds reward programs for Crime Stoppers.
Mike Skidmore, privacy and security officer for Shred-it, says, "With The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimating as many as 9 million Americans becoming identity theft victims each year, the 2012 Shred-a-thon is one of many great Shred-it events helping Americans understand and mitigate data security breaches.”
He adds, "We are proud of and honored by the participation of the Denver communities, the five Metro Denver Crime Stopper organizations, our 9NEWS partner as well as our Denver Shred-it employees in helping to remove the threat of identity theft and in supporting programs that aid victims of identity theft.”