30K pounds of documents collected at shred-a-thon

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PHOENIX -- We want to thank everybody who came out to our big 3 On Your Side shred-a-thon today.

We've been talking about the shred-a-thon all week long and, man, was today a big success. People came from all over the Valley to get rid of documents that some folks have been hanging onto for years.

It seemed like the boxes of paperwork just kept coming. People who wanted to get rid of sensitive information arrived by the carload before the event officially kicked off.

Elaine Wilson arrived 30 minutes early.

"My documents are important to me and I wanted to get rid of them the right way," Wilson said.

A shredding company called Assured Security accepted paperwork for nearly two hours today. Documents were put into a container and once they were full they were padlocked for security reasons, loaded onto a truck and taken to their shredding facility in Tempe where everything was destroyed.

The only hiccup today was too many documents and not enough trucks. As it turns out two trucks weren't enough. A third one had to be brought out later.

Kevin Webster with Assured Security said he's never seen an event this popular.

"We've done shred-a-thons before with one truck, maybe two, but with a third truck this will be one for the record books for us," Webster said.

Hey, even I had to take advantage of today's free event. I got rid of documents dating back to 1998.

That's a far cry from Frank Peters, who is a self-proclaimed pack rat. He brought documents from 1962.

"I had old bills that I thought I should keep," he said.

That's not surprising to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, whose office put on today's free shred-a-thon.

"The good news, people were able to get rid of their old documents safely," Goddard said. "It was a great event."

And if you're wondering, we collected around 30,000 pounds of paper today.

Now, from paper to employment. I want to let everyone know about a big job fair tomorrow.

This is geared for people 40 years and older. It's being put on by the AARP Foundation. It's Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center, 1150 S. Seventh Ave. (northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and Buckeye Road), in Phoenix.