‘Shred Day’ in Westport is May 12

The town will host a “Shred Day” on Saturday, May 12, for Westport residents to securely dispose of outdated financial records and unwanted personal documents.

Equipment to shred papers will be brought to the site of the Westport-Weston Health District offices at 180 Bayberry Lane from 9 a.m. to noon that day.

People may have up to eight paper bags or three boxes (12 by 18 inches) of papers shredded. Each load will be charged $5.

“This is an opportunity for Westporters to dispose of personal, confidential and sensitive papers, such as bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, tax papers, and medical records by watching their papers shredded on-site,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a statement.

“Shredding personal papers helps insure protection against identity theft, in addition to spring cleaning file cabinets,” he said. “Our environment also benefits since all material will be recycled.”

Proof of Westport residency is required. Volunteers from the Staples High School Service League of Boys will be on site to assist.

For more information, contact Town Clerk Patty Strauss at 203-341-1110, or via e-mail at pstrauss@westportct.gov.

John Schwing