Going green by cleaning out old files and documents

Some Michiana residents were a little belated in celebrating Earth Day, but regardless of the day, many folks were busy cleaning house in an environmentally friendly way.

The city of South Bend hosted its annual Clean Your Files Day. It's a yearly recycling event that gives local residents and businesses a chance to dispose of unwanted paperwork--up to 100 pounds--in a secure and green way.

People were able to stop by the grounds of the former College Football Hall of Fame to have their papers shredded on site. The day was arranged as a way to give materials a second life and to divert them from local landfills, but besides being earth friendly, it allows people to safely get rid of important documents without worrying their sensitive information will fall into the wrong hands.

"Identity theft is a real problem. If that happens to you, it's quite an endeavor to get your name cleared, to get that all cleared up, it can take awhile, it's expensive. But by destroying your documents like we do them - thoroughly - and of course for free at an event like this, it really helps minimize that possibility," said Integra employee, Tom Hintz.

In 2012, Integra's trucks alone shredded and recycled about 10 tons of documents.

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