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Shred Fest: Where Does The Information Go?

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Identity theft can be prevented by shredding bank statements, bills and other documents with your personal information, that's why TV-6 is a sponsor of Shred Fest.

It's an event in Lansing and Jackson Thursday that will destroy your sensitive information for free.

But where does the paper go? Down a bin, up a conveyer, through a shredder and packed into a one-ton bale. A heavy-duty paper eating monster is more efficient than feeding paper one by one through your average shredder.

How do you know your senstitive information is safe? It takes place behind a "confidential shredding" area fence.

Manager of Friedland Industries, Mike Bass, says workers are tranined on how to treat the material properly. "We do background checks before we hire people of course."

From there, the bales are loaded onto a truck and shipped to paper mills across the midwest to be recycled.

"They stick these bales here into a giant blender and they add water to it, extract the paper fiber they can, and bleach the paper back to white to get all of the ink out," said Bass.

 Northwest Refuse in Jackson on Lansing Avenue is also participating in Shred Fest. The process to shred your documents is the same. It will be cut into pieces that pretty much look like confetti.

 

"The idea of someone putting it all together is really, really far fetched," said Bill Thomas, the VP of Northwest Refuse.

 

Shred Rest will be on Thursday at Friedland Industries in Lansing from noon to 6 p.m. and at Northwest Refuse in Jackson from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Workers will only accept paper at both locations.

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