2013 News Releases

Kansans dispose of 16 tons of personal documents during Consumer Protection Week

Release Date: Mar 19, 2013

TOPEKA – (March 19, 2013) – More than 16 tons of personal documents were safely destroyed during this year’s National Consumer Protection Week events, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“Kansans recognized the need to safely dispose of documents containing their personal information,” Schmidt said. “The overwhelming turnout at these events means that these personal documents have now been securely destroyed and will not end up in the hands of identity thieves.”

More than 500 Kansans dropped off 32,440 pounds of documents at 11 locations across the state. The documents were securely shredded and recycled by professional document disposal companies. The free events were sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

This year’s amount was more than triple the 5 tons collected and destroyed last year.

For more information on avoiding identity theft and other scams, visit www.ag.ks.gov.

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