The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is about to “Letter Rip” with a recycling day that aims to save trees and protect consumers from identity theft.

The organization is teaming with Mobile Record Shredders and Blue Star Recyclers to host a document shredding and electronics recycling day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the parking lot at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave.

Last year, the BBB hosted four document shredding events and saved 440 trees, which equates to 52,000 pounds of recycled paper and $134,150 in savings, said Howard Absetz, Mobile Record Shredders sales manager.

Mobile Record Shredders is based in Pueblo and serves southern Colorado to the New Mexico border, Absetz said. The firm was started by two couples, one of whom is a doctor. The doctor’s office had mountains of confidential patient records to shred. The piles of paper inspired the commercial shredding company and he opened it eight years ago.

It’s been growing every since, Absetz said, especially as small businesses and company’s become more aware of identity theft and the need to dispose of all records properly, he said.

Last year, the company shredded 3.2 million pounds of paper. The paper is baled at the Pueblo warehouse and sold back to American paper mills to be reused for tissue, paper towels or diapers.

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In addition to saving trees, “Letter Rip” Day got started in 2005 to give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of personal and financial documents as a means to prevent identity theft.

The public is invited to bring as many as five boxes of documents. (Plastics, cardboard, magazines and files more than ½ inch thick cannot be accepted.)

Those who wish to bring more than five boxes will be charged $5 per each additional box and proceeds will benefit the BBB’s Excellence in Education scholarship.

Blue Star Recyclers will accept electronics. Fees range from $1 per square inch for TV’s;  any size computer monitor for $10; hard drives for $5 each.