SAN DIEGO (8/15/14)--Trees rejoice. San Diego County CU set its second Guinness World Record last month during the credit union's "Super Shred Event" for the most paper ever collected during a 24-hour period in a single location.
The event, which helps members protect and safely dispose of sensitive documents, while also encouraging recycling, saved 3,590 trees. More than 7,000 people showed up at Qualcomm Stadium and shredded 422,350 pounds of paper.
"SDCCU is committed to helping our customers and the community protect their confidential data and privacy," said Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of the $6.5 billion-asset credit union. "We are dedicated to preventing identity theft as well as (to) our efforts to go green with our online banking services, such as eStatements and eReceipts."
SDCCU hosted its first shred event in 2007, and since then has shredded and recycled more than 1.1 million pounds of paper, at no charge, saving more than 9,700 trees.
The credit union first grabbed the record for most paper collected during a similar shred event last year, but was overtaken in April by an organization in Texas.
"SDCCU would like to thank the entire community for banding together to help take back our world record and be a part of history," Halleck said.