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Airway Heights man upset with shredded documents littering his yard

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Shred it so it's secure.   That's what many of us do with our documents, but one Airway Heights man says pieces of other people's papers are all over his yard. 

"I have names, addresses, P.O. boxes," says Dale Stapleton.  "I'm sure if I picked all this up, I would find a lot of people's personal information."

Pieces of paper are littered along the edges of Stapleton's property.  "Thousands of pieces," says Stapleton as he bends down examining some of them.  It's bits of paper and documents that Stapleton says are coming from the shred company across his fence.   

"It's all in their field along their fence.  "When the prevailing winds come it will all be on my property," Stapleton tells KHQ. 

For a man who spent ten years as a volunteer for "Adopt A Highway" program, Stapleton admits, litter is a problem.    "It's a pet peeve of mine."

His other, bigger, concern however is that the sensitive material is potentially ending up in an unsecure location.    

"When they do a secure burn, they need to blow out their trucks," Stapleton says.  "Do what they have to do so it's not falling out of their trucks when they park back here."

The supervisor at Shred It in Airway Heights told KHQ that this was a "one-time issue" with a jammed truck that was cleaned outside.  He says now they remove material indoors.  We also saw a partially installed mesh net that is being put up to stop material from going into Stapleton's yard.     

Stapleton says the problem is that the mesh is too low, and the material continues to blow into his yard.  He wants the company to clean up the paper on their side of the fence.   

"Every day that nothing happens I have 100 more pieces," says Stapleton.  "I can't pick any up until something is done because it's a waste of my time."

He also reached out to the city of Airway Heights and the city development services director told KHQ he talked to Shred It about the issue. 

KHQ contacted Shred It's corporate office on the West side.  They told us they don't have any comment about the issue, but did clarify that the material they shredded during the KHQ Shred Day was done in their mobile shredding trucks and was shredded immediately, that day, on site.  

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