WEST CHESTER (April 7, 2022) – State Senator Carolyn Comitta and state Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a free shredding event on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Malvern Fire Company.

Residents and families concerned about properly disposing of personal information should consider taking advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of financial statements, tax forms, medical records, and other confidential information.

The documents will be destroyed onsite and the shredded paper will later be recycled.

“One of the best ways to protect your personal information is to safely dispose of documents that you no longer need, including financial statements, tax information, and medical records,” Comitta said. “This is a free service to help you securely dispose of sensitive information to prevent the potential for identity theft and fraud. I thank Rep. Howard and her staff for joining in this effort.”

“Despite living in an increasingly digital world, it’s still important to protect our printed information,” Howard said. “And so, I am proud to join forces with Senator Comitta’s office to provide this vital service for our constituents.”

Some examples of unneeded documents that should be shredded include: credit card statements and applications, bank records, canceled checks, income tax forms, insurance records, medical and retirement or pension fund information, and any documents that contain personal information like Social Security, credit card, or bank account numbers.

The event is free and open to the public. However, please note the following:

  • This event is for individuals only, not businesses.
  • There is a three (3) box limit per car.
  • Only paper will be accepted. Please do not bring binders, binder clips, or books.

In addition, at the shredding event, nonperishable food items will be collected to benefit the Chester County Food Bank. While donations are welcomed and encouraged, they are not required to access the free shredding services. 

Malvern Fire Company is located at 424 E. King Street in Malvern.