CREATED Apr. 4, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On Saturday, ShredFest 3.0 took place.
People dropped off everything from documents to cell phones in the parking lot of the American National Bank Building on 90th St. & Dodge St.
Those involved said it's the best way to protect yourself from identity theft.
"We use our secure cards," said Johnny Saksa, the data destruction manager at DataShield. "They're always locked. Directly from the customer location, the trucks come right here to our secure room, which has very limited access."
Datashield is a company that shreds personal information.
Saksa said everything they pick up is safe from the moment it's dropped off until the moment it comes out of the machines.
"It essentially stays hands free," he said. "We don't even see the actual paper or documents until it comes out of the shredder."
From the DataShield facility, the scraps of metal and shreds of paper are shipped to a recycling facility.
Saksa said properly destroying these items not only benefits you, but also the environment.
"(There are) a lot of hazardous materials in there," said Saksa. "(It) gets in the way stream and water supply. We make sure after it goes in the way stream, it is completely recycled, safe and actually reused."
"It's peace of mind that their information, documents and hard drives are going to be properly destroyed and disposed of," said Saksa.
Action 3 News and DataShield teamed up for the free event.