SAN DIEGO (8/13/13)--San Diego County CU set a new Guinness World Record for the most paper collected in 24 hours when it shredded 165,000 pounds of paper July 20.
"SDCCU has set the new world record and put San Diego on the map," said Teresa Halleck, San Diego County CU president/CEO. "We are very grateful to our community for their support and being part of setting a world record. Moreover, we are happy that fewer individuals now have sensitive information sitting around their house."
The credit union began the project at 7 a.m. at the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot in San Diego's Mission Valley. Credit union members, families, friends and the public began bringing boxes full of old documents containing personal and confidential information that was shredded on the spot at no charge. Shred-It, a document destruction and recycling company, provided the shredding services.
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment San Diego radio stations KISS 95.7 and KOGO 600 were on-site promoting the event. Firehouse Subs and Rita's Italian Ice provided free food to document contributors. Donations made at the event benefited the San Diego Humane Society and Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals, and raised more than $5,000.
Since 2007, when SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events, more than 634,500 pounds of documents have been shredded and recycled at no charge, saving more than 6,000 trees.
The previous record was 156,880 pounds of shredded paper, set by television station KHQ 6, American West Bank and Secure Shred in Spokane, Wash.