SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The San Diego County Credit Union announced Wednesday it set a new Guinness world record for the most paper shredded in eight hours.
The paper shredding company Shred-It shredded 239,060 pounds of paper Saturday at the credit union's 2019 Super Shred event at SDCCU Stadium.
SDCCU broke the previous record for the most paper shredded in eight hours, which was set at its 2017 Super Shred event. The credit union also holds the record for the most paper collected in 24 hours.
"We thank everyone who came out to the SDCCU Super Shred event this past weekend and helped us achieve a new Guinness World Records title," said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell. "SDCCU is pleased to not only achieve a new record, but to provide this much-needed, free service to the community."
SDCCU also collected more than $5,000 for the Stuff the Bus program, which provides food to more than 22,000 homeless students around the county. SDCCU runs the program with the San Diego County Office of Education and local iHeartMedia radio stations.
Since it began holding paper shredding events in 2007, SDCCU has shredded more than 4.3 million pounds of paper and saved residents nearly $500,000 in document shredding costs. According to the credit union, each shredding event helps thousands of residents dispose of their sensitive documents.
"With a greater prevalence of fraud and identity theft in recent years, it is becoming more and more important to properly dispose of confidential, personal information," Campbell said. "The first rule in preventing identity theft is, if you don't need it, shred it."