Christy Francis with Castell Insurance dumps documents for shredding at Castell Insurance’s annual shred event.

Christy Francis with Castell Insurance dumps documents for shredding at Castell Insurance’s annual shred event.

Free shredding offered on Peninsula on Saturday

SEQUIM — Castell Insurance and Sound Community Bank will host free shredding on the North Olympic Peninsula on Saturday.

Castell Insurance’s annual free shred event at 426 E. Washington St., in Sequim will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Free shredding also is planned at three Sound Community Bank locations on the Peninsula. All will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

They will be at Sound Community Bank branches at 110 N. Alder St., Port Angeles; 645 W. Washington St., in Sequim; and 9500 Oak Bay Road in Port Ludlow.

At Castell Insurance’s event, employees, their friends and family, and volunteers with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will shred any papers with no limit.

It’s the seventh year of the event, and Phil Castell, owner of the business, said it’s become busier each year with hundreds of vehicles packed with receipts, bank statements, old photos and tax papers coming by.

Insurance agent James Castell said the business continues to seek monetary and school supply donations at the shred event for the Boys & Girls Clubs’ annual Back to School Fair.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

In the past three events, Castell Insurance raised close to $15,000, he said. The hope is that with donations from Saturday the business will reach at least $20,000.

“We think we’re making a difference in the community,” Phil Castell said. “We also look at it as a fun event for the office staff, too.”

Individuals or businesses with large amounts of papers are encouraged to write checks directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula because it’s tax-deductible.

The event has become so popular that the Castells upgraded from one shredding truck to two.

“We learned our mistake a few years ago when we just had one truck and got stuck holding an office-load of papers for a week until they could get us another truck over here,” Phil Castell said.

Drivers are encouraged to stay in their car to cut down on vehicle backups, he said, and helpers will empty documents into bins before shredding.

James said with the event growing so much, the business has been left with more cardboard than the local bins can hold, so it reached out to Waste Management/DM Disposal, which is donating its largest cardboard bin for the cause.

For information on LeMay Mobile Shredding events, see www.lemay community-shred-events.

For more on Castell Insurance, visit 426 E. Washington, call 360 683-9284 or visit

For more about the back to school fair, call 360-683-8095 or visit

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