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Community Shredding Events
After tax season, you may realize how many boxes of papers you have sitting around. Since security is an issue, remember that shredding documents that have bank and credit card information helps prevent identity theft. Paper shredding events provide residents and business owners an opportunity to discard their sensitive documents safely.
Besides tax documents and stuff from banks and credit cards, sensitive documents include canceled or unused checks, receipts, utility bills, or any forms or documents containing your signature or Social Security number.
Particularly around tax season in April, be on the lookout for shredding events in your town. These events often coincide with Earth Day celebrations, with emphasis placed on recycling. Hundreds of thousand of pounds of documents have been shredded and recycled at these events, which take place all over the country. Shredding events are usually free and often sponsored by your city or state government agencies, your city’s recycling center, a secure shredding company, and by the location hosting the event, such as a convenient shopping center, library, or parking lot.
If there aren’t any shredding events after tax season in your area, it never hurts to ask. Contact one of the places mentioned above and ask them to start looking into it, because everyone benefits.
- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a non-profit organization that sets fair and honest business practices, and hosts Secure Your ID Day at various BBBs around the country. View their site for a list of participating BBBs.
- Some shredding companies also provide mobile shredding trucks that arrive at regular community shreds in your area.
There may be a limit to how many banker sized boxes or grocery bags full of paper that are allowed per person, and these events are usually for paper only. If you’re looking to securely dispose of disks or DVDs and CDs take a look at our handy tips on how to recycle them.
In 3 Types of Problem Paper and What To Do About It, we mentioned that shredded paper can be recycled- it just depends on where you are. Remember: A piece of paper can be recycled five to seven times before the fibers are too short to be used again. Hint: Binder clips, rubber bands, and other fasteners are usually problems for paper recycling facilities, but not paperclips, staples, or those little windows in envelopes. Those may usually be left on papers.
If your city really wants to get fancy, it can use the paper shredding events to collect other helpful items such as canned food donations. Attend one of your free community shred events and protect your personal information and recycle!
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