San Diego County Credit Union Sets New Guinness World Record at 2015 SDCCU Super Shred Event

SDCCU has collected and shredded more than 1.8 million pounds of paper since 2007, protecting thousands of people and saving over 15,500 trees

Aug 13, 2015, 04:00 ET from San Diego County Credit Union

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution, set a new Guinness World Record® for the most paper collected in a 24 hour period. The recent SDCCU Super Shred Event gathered a total of 584,350 pounds of paper, which was then shredded and recycled, helping to protect the community and saving approximately 5,000 trees. The overall impact of the SDCCU Super Shred Event was impressive thanks to the more than 10,000 people who turned out at Qualcomm® Stadium on July 25 to properly dispose of confidential information and set the new record for most paper collected in a 24-hour period at a single location.

SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled more than 1.8 million pounds of paper (or 897 tons) at no charge, saving over 15,500 trees (every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree).

"SDCCU is committed to helping our customers and the community protect their confidential data and privacy," said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU President and CEO. "We are dedicated to preventing identity theft as well as help the community go green with our online banking services, such as eStatements and eReceipts."

The SDCCU Super Shred Event began early Saturday morning, July 25, with thousands of SDCCU customers, families, friends and members of the public lining up with boxes full of old documents containing personal and confidential information to be shred at no charge. Shred-It®, the world's leading document destruction and recycling company, provided the shredding services. The first 1,000 people who took advantage of SDCCU's free shredding services received a free gift. Throughout the day, donations were collected for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, raising more than $8,000.

"SDCCU would like to thank the entire community for coming together to help shred our way to a new world record and be a part of history. The response from the community was overwhelming—we are grateful for the generous show of support," said Halleck. "More importantly, we are happy that more than 10,000 people took advantage of the free shredding services and no longer have sensitive information sitting around their homes and offices."

San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $6.9 billion, over 292,000 customers, more than 38 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today's lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU Mobile Deposit, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit

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