Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kansans safely dispose of 27 tons of personal documents during Consumer Protection Week

TOPEKA, KAN. – Kansans safely disposed of more than 27 tons of personal documents during last week’s observance of National Consumer Protection Week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“We had an overwhelming response to our document destruction events this year,” Schmidt said. “Kansans clearly recognize the importance of safely disposing of documents containing personal information once they are no longer needed. As a result, these documents have been safely shredded and recycled and are no longer at risk of falling into the hands of identity thieves.”

More than 1,400 Kansans dropped off 55,414 pounds of documents at eight locations across the state. A ninth location scheduled in Hutchinson was postponed to March 24 due to inclement weather. This year’s total nearly doubled last year’s record of 16 tons of documents.

The document destruction program was made possible through partnerships with Jayhawk File Express, Document Resources, Shred-It, Westar Energy, Dillons and Community National Bank & Trust.

Kansas consumers can find more information about protecting themselves from identity theft and other scams at