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 it the Guinness World Records title for the most paper collected in 24 hours at a single location for the fifth year in a row. The credit union also achieved a new world record for most paper shredded in eight hours at the annual event, which used more than 70 trucks to collect and shred the paper and saved more than 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," says 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, a document destruction and recycling company, which was on-site 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, more than $4,000 were 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 more than 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 – double the distance between San Diego and Antarctica, the company says.