AARP NY is sponsoring free contactless drive-through shred events - a series of free shredding events at select locations around the state. We are helping people fight back against fraud and help protect them from identity theft by shredding truckloads of sensitive personal documents.
You may bring up to three bags of paper to shred per vehicle. Metal, plastic, and other materials may damage shredders and will not be accepted. Shredding trucks will stay on-site for the time scheduled or until they reach capacity.
*Social distancing protocols will be observed and you won't even need to get out of your vehicle.
Please register below to secure your spot and to receive the address of the shred location:
- Friday, April 22 | Syracuse, NY: 10am – 1pm
- Saturday, April 23 | Utica, NY: 9am – 12pm
- Saturday, April 23 | Rochester, NY: 10am – 1pm
- Sunday, April 24 | Saratoga Springs, NY: 9am – 12pm
- Thursday, April 28 | Staten Island, NY: 9am – 12pm
- Saturday, April 30 | Poughkeepsie, NY: 9am – 12pm
*Registration is closed - The site location is at capacity.
- Saturday, April 30 | Depew, NY: 10am – 1pm
- Saturday, May 7 | Albany, NY: 9am – 12pm
1. AARPNY is also sponsoring additional shredding events with media outlets across New York City and Long Island. These events are brought to you by Schneps Media or El Diario La Prensa from April 26, 2022 and May 21, 2022: https://local.aarp.org/news/join-us-at-an-aarpny-sponsored-shred-event-in-new-york-city-and-long-island-ny-2022-04-06.html
2. You can also attend FREE virtual events on Scam Prevention as well as an in-person shredding event, hosted by LI Herald | April 30, 2022 from 11am - 2pm: https://local.aarp.org/news/join-aarp-ny-and-herald-community-newspapers-for-free-webinars-on-scam-prevention-and-inperson-shredding-event-ny-2022-03-29.html
For New Yorkers who cannot attend a contactless drive-through shred event, security experts urge consumers to shred the following types of materials to avoid having sensitive information compromised:
- Old documents: Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords, or PIN numbers.
- Banking: Canceled or unused checks. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
- Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
- Medical: unneeded medical bills.
- Investments: Investment account statements.
- Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Frank Abagnale. Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.
Shredding services will be performed by a third party. All documents and information provided for shredding are subject to that party’s privacy and informational security policies.
More information on how to keep safe from identity theft fraud, and alerts regarding other types of scams, is available from the Fraud Watch Network.