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'Shred Day' leaves Westporters' paper trail in tatters

Published 12:49 pm, Saturday, May 10, 2014

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  • Staples High School's Service League of Boys members Sam Ahlgrin, Kevin Watt and Carl Amacker flank First Selectman Jim Marpe as they help unload his personal papers for Shred Day disposal as technician Allan Perley looks on Saturday. Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Westport News
    Staples High School's Service League of Boys members Sam Ahlgrin, Kevin Watt and Carl Amacker flank First Selectman Jim Marpe as they help unload his personal papers for Shred Day disposal as technician Allan Perley looks on Saturday. Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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They were on a tear: Car after car pulled up Saturday to the big shredding truck delivering boxes and bags of outdated and unwanted personal documents and records.

It was the town's 6th annual "Shred Day" staged in the parking lot at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane.

Coordinated by Town Clerk Patty Strauss and Assistant Town Clerk Colleen Tarpey, the program offered Westport residents the opportunity to securely dispose of personal papers like sensitive bank documents, tax returns, medical records and bills. A $5 fee covered up to eight grocery bags or three banker-size boxes of papers for disposal.

"This ensures security of records, protection from identity theft and recycling of all paper," said Strauss, who initiated the project six years ago at the suggestion of a local citizen.

SECURE Eco Shred, represented by Allan Perley at the site, performed the shredding. The company donated the truck and its time. Members of Staples High School's Service League of Boys, better known as "SLOBS," helped shuttle paper waste from vehicles to collection bins, ready for shredding.