The Illinois Tollway is helping me find my desk again!

Here is just one of the small piles of papers on my desk that needs to be sorted through and shredded.Here is just one of the small piles of papers on my desk that needs to be sorted through and shredded.

If your desk looks anything like mine, it’s stacked with papers that either haven’t been sorted through or papers that need to be shredded. I actually have a shredder, but it gets jammed up so easily that I get frustrated and just put the pile I was shredding back onto my desk and just add more.

Sound familiar? I think I just might have a solution for my fire hazard.

The Illinois Tollway Authority and U.S. Equities are hosting a paper recycling and shred event on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chicagoland Des Plaines Oasis on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) with Cintas Corporation, a secure document management service company.

Yeah, now I have a safe and secure way to shred all my confidential personal and business documents.

Documents that can be shredded and recycled include the following:

  • Bank statements
  • Medical and insurance records
  • Cancelled checks
  • Credit card receipts
  • Legal documents
Another stack that awaits the Illinois Tollway’s shredding services.Another stack that awaits the Illinois Tollway’s shredding services.

Participants may bring up to five boxes of any paper documents they would like to have securely destroyed on-site by a certified information destruction professional. Upon arrival at the Des Plaines Oasis, drivers will be directed to a designated document drop-off area, where documents will be unloaded for on-site destruction and participants can watch their documents being shredded. From drop-off to destruction, all documents will be constantly monitored and protected.

“Identity theft is a growing threat for individuals and businesses across the nation,” said Karen Carnahan, president and COO, Cintas Document Management, says in a press release. “This event will bring awareness of proper document management to the community and provide them with a secure method to safely dispose information. More importantly, it will provide individuals with the peace of mind that their sensitive information will not end up in the wrong hands.”

Staples, rubber bands and paper clips do not need to be removed from paper documents before being shredded. Bonus!

I just might find my desk again! Next task to tackle? That junk drawer in my kitchen and my magazine archives.

P.S. Although this should be a no-brainer, I have to state the obvious as pointed out by the Illinois Tollway Authority: Items that cannot be shredded include electronics, computer equipment, metals, plastics or batteries.