RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- with your trash, you could be putting yourself at risk for identity theft.
So ARMA - an international records management organization - partnered with Iron Mountain to offer free shredding services to the community today.
Free shred day organizer J'Nise Smith says last year they helped about a hundred people protect their private information.
"We're thinking today that hopefully we'll get close to about 200," Smith said. "Each year we hope it grows."
Both Smith and Joseph Moscuzza of Iron Mountain - the company providing the free shredding - have seen the effects firsthand.
"I personally have been through identity theft and I can tell you it's a hassle," Smith said.
"It's a process to try to clear your name and reestablish your identity," Moscuzza said.
Which is why Carolyn Barnhart dropped off her sensitive documents to be shredded.
She dropped off old bank and tax records because she said it's not safe to throw out those things.
"People go through trash bins to find personal information," Barnhart said.
Smith said one of the most dangerous things to throw out is a pre-screened credit card application.
"Someone picks it up out of the trash, they change your address but it is still in your name," Smith said. "Now they've got a charge card in your name and they're charging things and not paying for it. They've ruined your credit."
There are a few other every day things that need to be shredded too: any receipts that have part of your credit or debit card number on it and bills that you get in the mail.
Because any personal information can help someone steal your identity.
"The cyber world is just too scary a place," Barnhart said. "You want to protect yourself if you can."
Iron Mountain offers free shredding days periodically.
"We probably do about five or six in the community here," Moscuzza said.
If you can't make one, Smith said do it yourself.
"Go out and buy a shredder," she said.
Smith said if you're going to buy a paper shredder for your home, get one that cross cuts not one that cuts into strips because the strips are too easy to put back together.
If you missed the event, Iron Mountain will be participating in more free shred events soon:
St. Theresa School Fundraiser – South Lake Tahoe, Saturday, May 18th
Clean Tahoe Program – South Lake Tahoe, Saturday, June 1st