Free community shredding and electronics recycling event in April

The Office of Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, will hold its free biannual document shredding event on Saturday, April 20, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Manatee County Fairgrounds.

At the Clerk's Community Shred Day, residents may shred up to two standard-sized bankers' boxes (measuring 12 inches by 10 inches by 15 inches) of personal documents. Accepted items include documents of any color or type of paper, plastic credit cards and IDs.

This event will also offer electronic recycling and hard drive destruction. Residents may recycle electronic devices such as computer monitors, towers/desktops, cell phones, tablets, laptops, printers, smartwatches, and CDs.

Hard drives will be destroyed on-site.

Please note that binders, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, speakers, cable boxes, and TVs will not be accepted. Paper clips, staples, rubber bands, labels, and file tabs do not need to be removed from documents.

For the safety and efficiency of all event attendees, drop-offs are not permitted. Attendees are required to remain in their vehicles with their documents and electronics until a staff member or volunteer securely collects their items for shredding or recycling.

Vital Records Control, a professional shredding company certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (AAA Certified), will provide the shredding, electronic recycling, and hard drive destruction services for this event.

"This event serves a crucial purpose. Safeguarding personal information," said Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller. "In today's digital age, protecting sensitive data is paramount, and the Clerk's Community Shred Day event provides a secure and reliable means for residents to dispose of confidential documents to reduce their risk of identity theft."

Since 2018, the Clerk’s Office has proudly offered free document shredding services to all residents of Manatee County. For more information and event details, click here.

Published date: April 10, 2024

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