AG’s office: Shred it, don’t trash it

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders who need to destroy personal documents can do so for free this week.

The attorney general’s office is hosting several shred-a-thons across the state through Saturday. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says people should shred old bank statements, bills, credit card offers, and other documents with personal information, since many identity thieves target victims simply by digging through their trash.

People can drop off their documents at the following locations:

Tuesday, May 3
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Westerly Senior Center
39 State Street, Westerly

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
North Kingstown Town Beach Parking Lot
10 Beach Street, North Kingstown

Wednesday, May 4
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Johnston Senior Center
1291 Hartford Avenue, Johnston

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cranston Senior Center
1070 Cranston Street, Cranston

Thursday, May 5
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Middletown Police Department
123 Valley Road, Middletown

Friday, May 6
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
East Providence Senior Center
610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pilgrim Senior Center
27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick

Saturday, May 7
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Pawtucket City Hall Parking Lot
137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket

The attorney general’s office says there is a limit of two storage boxes or two large shopping bags per person. They also ask that anyone coming to a shred-a-thon bring a non-perishable food donation for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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