Benham and Costa to host shredding event

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today her office will host a free shredding event in conjunction with state Sen. Jay Costa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Carrick High School, 125 Parkfield St. in Pittsburgh.

“Consumer fraud and identity theft are a significant concern,” Benham said. “To raise awareness and to promote prevention, we are hosting a shredding event to give individuals the opportunity to have unneeded documents destroyed free of charge. Document shredding will occur onsite with the shredded paper later to be recycled.”

Benham said that only paper items will be accepted for shredding (no binders, binder clips or books will be accepted). The event is for individuals only, with a three-box limit per vehicle. According to Benham, residents are encouraged to bring the following items:

  • Those containing personal information, including Social Security, credit card and bank account numbers.
  • Credit card statements and applications, bank statements, cancelled checks, income tax forms, insurance records, and medical, retirement and pension fund information.

“We’ll also be conducting a voluntary donation collection for the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh,” Benham said. “Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to bring unopened pet food, treats, toys, gift cards or cleaning supplies for the rescue. We won’t be able to accept cash donations, and a full list of items that can be accepted is available by visiting”

Those seeking more information about the upcoming shred event, or any other issues and questions with state services, are invited to call Benham’s office at 412-881-4208.