SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution, broke its existing Guinness World RecordsTM title, and achieved a new record, at the 2017 SDCCU Super Shred Event held on June 24, 2017 at SDCCU Stadium.
SDCCU tore-through its previous Guinness World Records title for the most paper collected in 24 hours, with the collection of 898,931 pounds at its SDCCU Super Shred Event in June 2017. SDCCU organized the effort, which got them the Guinness World Records title for the fifth year in a row for the most paper collected in 24 hours at a single location. The credit union also achieved a new world record for most paper shredded in 8 hours at the annual event, which used over 70 trucks to collect and shred the paper and saved over 7,600 trees!
"We thank everyone who came out for this year's SDCCU Super Shred Event and helped once again put San Diego on the global map with two new world records. Most of all, SDCCU is happy to provide this free service to the community to help people protect their identity by providing an opportunity to properly dispose of confidential information," said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. "This is especially important with the continued increase in the prevalence of fraud in recent years. The first rule in protecting against fraud is if you don't need it, shred it."
Partnering with SDCCU to make this event possible was iHeartMedia San Diego and Shred-It®, the world's leading document destruction and recycling company, which was onsite to shred documents at no charge to the public. The first 1,000 guests who arrived at the SDCCU Super Shred Event and shredded their old documents also received a free gift. Additionally, over $4,000 was collected in donations for SDCCU Stuff the Bus, a program launched in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, Star 941, Channel 933, JAM'N 957 and KOGO AM 600 benefiting thousands of homeless students in San Diego.
SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled nearly 3.5 million pounds of documents at no charge, saving nearly 30,000 trees (every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree), and saving over 5,000 cubic yards of landfill space. When you place each piece of paper end-to-end, the total distance would equal more than 15,000 miles – or, double the distance between San Diego and Antarctica!
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 $8.2 billion, over 361,000 customers, 42 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 banking, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.
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