Any free, but still secure, mass document shredding/destruction?

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  1. Cruise

    Cruise Wake up, your month is up!;)

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    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?
     
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  3. miralys

    miralys Proud Member: 501st & Rebel Legion

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    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.
     
  4. solotraveler

    solotraveler DIS Veteran

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    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.

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  5. njmom47

    njmom47 <font color=blue>He's such a fiend!<br><font color

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    Our county does shredding days, but as op stated, you would probably have to check the website to see where and when.
     
  6. cluvsdisney

    cluvsdisney DIS Veteran

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    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.
     
  7. allison443

    allison443 DIS Veteran

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    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...:)
     
  8. crispychicky

    crispychicky Mouseketeer

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    Do you have a fireplace? I've burned old documents and receipts in our wood stove before.
     
  9. Cruise

    Cruise Wake up, your month is up!;)

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    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!
     
  10. chris31997

    chris31997 Disney Kid at Heart

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    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.
     

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