View Full Version : Any free, but still secure, mass document shredding/destruction?

06-23-2011, 02:33 AM
I'm cleaning out my home office and finally made it to a filing cabinet that was so damaged in our last move that I haven't been able to get it open for years. I finally wrestled with it till I got it open and I'm finding old receipts from 2004 in there. :rotfl: There's also old medical bills, etc.

It would take me forever to shred all this with a home shredder. Does anyone know of a way to shred or dispose of all this stuff without paying an arm and a leg to a commercial shredding company? I found some companies that offer occasional free community shredding events, but none are being held in the next three months.

If I were back east where I grew up, we'd just start a fire in a barrel on the back 40. :rotfl: But I don't have that option here. Any suggestions?

06-23-2011, 09:49 AM
I know you said you found a company offering free shredding events, but try checking in with your local governments too. Mine offer such things, but the advertising is really bad, so if I hadn't asked I would have had no idea.

06-23-2011, 10:01 AM
I second the suggestion to check with your local government. Ours does occasional shred days. I got rid of two huge boxes of documents... MUCH quicker than doing it at home.


06-23-2011, 11:51 AM
Our county does shredding days, but as op stated, you would probably have to check the website to see where and when.

06-23-2011, 12:05 PM
This would be kind of a mess but what about soaking the paperwork in a bucket of water. The ink would run, the paper would either rip or dry in a clump that would be illegible after it dries.

06-23-2011, 12:31 PM
Do you have any kids who are off school for the summer and might be saying "I'm bored"? Here's the solution ;)

I would agree with the others about your community having free shredding events. My town has it a couple of times a year but it's not greatly publicized. If you found out one was coming up it might be worth waiting for...:)

06-23-2011, 12:39 PM
Do you have a fireplace? I've burned old documents and receipts in our wood stove before.

06-23-2011, 01:24 PM
No kids and no fireplace. I could try to get my cat to lick them to death. :lmao:

Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll check local government websites!

06-23-2011, 02:34 PM
Trash can and water hose;) If local gov't does not offer it, I would sit down during fav tv show and start working it. Eventually, you will get thru it.