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Old 05-16-2019, 08:29 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Some drop off sites have locked bins. You can throw the paperwork in through the slot. Or let the clerk do it.
I'm no more confident with "locked bins" than I am with big words such as "secure". Words are cheap. Bins are breakable.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I could not find an easy cheap solution so I just dumped a car full in a recycle bin. Several years and no issues.
If you do not destroy documents with vital information on them (SSN, account #s, etc) you are setting yourself up for identity theft (see Thread about Stolen ID in this Forum section).

By just putting your sensitive documents in your community's recycle bin, you risk:

1. someone retrieving them while bin is still sitting at the curb;
2. the documents flying out of the truck or dump site;
3. someone at the recycling facility (there a people at the conveyor belts that check the load for unrecyclable materials) retrieving the documents.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:37 AM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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We are on our second shredder, the first one lasted 13-14 years and we're into year 10-11 with the current one, a Fellowes we paid $79 for at Costco (cross cut model). It will easily do 9-10 pages at a time. We generate one typical garbage bag of shredding a year. Last year we had three bags, the usual plus I shredded a lot of old (25 year+) tax and property docs, and estate docs from parents' estates that we administered.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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Some of you people seem to be lost in time.

I went as close as possible to 100% paperless quite a few years ago when I traveled full time. That includes financial and bank statements, utility bills, tax records, medical records, etc. Only some Federal agencies seem to be also behind the times. I think I still get a couple of paper statements from Social Security. Of course, these are the same folks who issue a highly important ID card on a piece of cheap paper without any picture or other form of identification. I do have a packet of papers from buying a house a few years ago, but even then most of the documentation was electronic.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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Some of you people seem to be lost in time.

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The ones I shredded/burned had been in storage for about 15 years. Probably the same for lots of other people in this thread.

I've been paperless for years, but sometimes get paper medical reports from doctors, and a few other paper items here and there, that I shred.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: SW US
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We are on our second shredder, the first one lasted 13-14 years and we're into year 10-11 with the current one, a Fellowes we paid $79 for at Costco (cross cut model). It will easily do 9-10 pages at a time. We generate one typical garbage bag of shredding a year. Last year we had three bags, the usual plus I shredded a lot of old (25 year+) tax and property docs, and estate docs from parents' estates that we administered.
I have an Amazon confetti type shredder I got maybe ten years ago. It's supposed to do ten sheets but can't handle that many any more. I will probably just do it slowly. I'm not moving so there's no great rush, just a wish to get rid of the stuff before it attracts termites. If this shredder dies, I think I can get a replacement for less than the mobile people would charge to come over an hour outside of town. One advantage to being retired is things can be done slowly over time, with patience.

Somebody did suggest I put cardboard boxes of papers outside in the back of my yard and let the termites have at them. LOL
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:04 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Some of you people seem to be lost in time.

I went as close as possible to 100% paperless quite a few years ago when I traveled full time. That includes financial and bank statements, utility bills, tax records, medical records, etc. Only some Federal agencies seem to be also behind the times. I think I still get a couple of paper statements from Social Security. Of course, these are the same folks who issue a highly important ID card on a piece of cheap paper without any picture or other form of identification. I do have a packet of papers from buying a house a few years ago, but even then most of the documentation was electronic.
Well, congratulations on having a tidy uncomplicated life. If the OP is shredding paper there's a reason. It is no longer needed. Maybe they are making the very transition you are crowing about. It might have taken 10 years before those records became obsolete. You may be electronic now, but that doesn't mean other entities are. Many records kept long term were originally on paper or have original signatures that matter. Not everyone will accept a digital image of a signature or a document.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I have an Amazon confetti type shredder I got maybe ten years ago. It's supposed to do ten sheets but can't handle that many any more. I will probably just do it slowly. I'm not moving so there's no great rush, just a wish to get rid of the stuff before it attracts termites. If this shredder dies, I think I can get a replacement for less than the mobile people would charge to come over an hour outside of town. One advantage to being retired is things can be done slowly over time, with patience.

Somebody did suggest I put cardboard boxes of papers outside in the back of my yard and let the termites have at them. LOL
For a bigger one-time job like this doing the shredding another way will probably be worth it. You said you were in a more rural area. I'd still check with the local landfill or recycling services, maybe even a business or local government office to see what options or events might be coming up. There might be a local conservation group who could even help you transport the paper to an event.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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You are over thinking this. Just shred them a little at a time.

People have this problem because they put the shredder away. They keep it in a closet or someplace and never bother to get it out.

Put in on a table in a spare bedroom or wherever and LEAVE IT THERE. I get my mail and walk to the shredder and get rid of most of the mail the day it comes. If you pay your bills online you don't need to keep too much of anything especially utility bills that have been paid, credit card statements, or really much of anything. You can always go back to those online.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:15 PM
 
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My city just had a shred day. I just had to load the trunk of my car, they unloaded it. They had several mobile shredders right there. Waited in line and popped the trunk, super easy. It was in conjunction with the food bank. Not mandatory, but two cans of food or more appreciated.
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