2021 News Releases

Kansans safely dispose of nearly 57 tons of personal documents during National Consumer Protection Week

Release Date: Mar 15, 2021

TOPEKA – (March 15, 2021) – Kansans safely disposed of nearly 57 tons of personal documents during National Consumer Protection Week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today, eclipsing previous marks for total tons disposed and number of consumers served.

“The outstanding turnout at our free document destruction events shows that Kansans recognize the importance of keeping their personal information secure,” Schmidt said. “The documents dropped off have now been safely destroyed and are out of the reach of identity thieves."

More than 2,600 Kansans dropped off approximately 113,960 pounds of documents at 10 locations across the state during National Consumer Protection Week, March 1-6, surpassing the previous highest year total for participation of slightly more than 2,100 consumers in 2016. The previous record mark for weight of documents disposed of was 100,281 pounds or 50 tons, also in 2016.

The document destruction program was made possible through partnerships with Underground Vaults and Storage, Secure Shred of N.C.K., Heartland Credit Union in Hutchinson, kstate Credit Union in Manhattan, Envista Credit Union in Lawrence, Salina Interparochial Credit Union in Salina, Golden Plains Credit Union in Hays, Frontier Community Credit Union in Leavenworth, and Evergy.

Kansas consumers can find more information about protecting themselves from identity theft and other scams at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

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