Westporters toted their outdated records and private documents to the Westport Weston Health District's parking lot Saturday to dispose of the papers -- once and for all -- at the annual "Shred Day" sponsored by the town.

The document-disposal service, contracted through SECURE Ecoshred of Brookfield, gave town residents an easy way to get rid of sensitive personal records without exposing themselves to the threat of identity theft -- in an eco-friendly way. According to Allan Perley, the shred technician, the paper is ultimately emulsified and recycled back into paper products.

In addition to Perley, Town Clerk Patty Strauss and Pat Scully, manager in the First Selectman's Office, were on hand to help facilitate the processing, which marked the fifth year that Westport has arranged for a shredding program.

Helping unload vehicles and with other chores were John Fincher, Andrew Ingber, Daniel Brill and Connor Mitnick, Staples High School students who are members of S.L.O.B.S. -- Service League of Boys -- who perform community service for school credit.