Do I have to pay for this shredding event?
No way! Our Community Shred Events are free of charge and open to the public of the city we are serving. We offer this event as a community service, to educate and actively help folks protect themselves and prevent nightmares like identity theft. Our primary business is focused on serving healthcare professional offices, CPA firms, law firms, businesses, and government offices with annual purges and regular shredding service. If you are interested in setting up a service for your office, call us for details!
Is my Paper recycled?
Yes, the paper particles created from the shred material will be recycled. Our industrial grade shredder uses a technique that ensures all particles are illegible and 100% destroyed.
How much paper am I allowed to shred at the Community Shred Events?
We allow up to 5 paper bags or small cardboard boxes of paper per vehicle/household. If you have more than 5 items, or can’t make it to the shred day, call us to schedule a pickup at your home or office.
Acceptable types of paper for shredding at the Community Shred Events
- Envelopes with plastic windows
- Papers with paper clips and staples
- Any type of paper such as receipts, tax and medical records, and financial and legal documents
Unacceptable items for shredding at the Community Shred Events
- Electronic items including computer disks, hard drives, and CDs (We have the capacity to destroy these items, but they are not included in the complimentary Shred Events. We charge an additional fee to handle electronic media. Please contact us for more information!)
- Plastic items such as plastic bags and 3-ring binders
Types of Documents you should Shred
Do you have documents with your personal details, such as name and address on them? Do they contain sensitive data like account numbers, social security numbers, or credit card numbers? If the answers to any of these questions are yes, and you don’t need to keep them for a specific reason, you should consider shredding them.
A few things you can shred immediately:
- Credit card or insurance mail offers
- Billing statements that have been paid, like utility bills
- ATM receipts
- Sales receipts
- Expired warranties
Shred After 1 Month
Items to keep for at least 30 days include:
- Pay Stubs
- Checks deposited through a mobile app
Shred Within 12 months
Some items you will want to keep for a few months to look back on. These documents can be shredded after some time and generally are items you receive regularly. Many bills and detailed statements are now available online. You can reduce paper and your risk of identity theft by switching to electronic statements.
A few things you can shred in 6 months to 12 months:
- Financial statements
- Paid, undisputed bills that you don’t need a record of for your tax preparation.
Keep until Paid or Sold
You should keep documents about a transaction until the asset is paid or sold. If you have disputed a bill, keep all related information until the dispute is resolved.
A few items to keep include:
- Titles to vehicles, like cars, boats, and motorcycles
- Home deeds
- Disputed bills (medical, utility, etc.)
Keeping your own records is important when it comes to your annual tax preparation. Keep these items for at least 7 years:
- Tax related receipts
- Tax-related cancelled checks
- Records for tax deductions, like charitable contributions, investments in your home, medical bills and uncompensated business expenses.
Always keep items that prove things like you are who you say you are—these can be difficult and expensive to get new copies of.
- Social Security Cards
- Citizenship Documents
- Adoption Papers
- Tax returns
- Birth Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Marriage certificates or divorce decrees
This is a quick, easy drive-thru event
For everyone’s safety, we require that all individuals stay inside their vehicles when dropping off their shred material.
Secure and Compliant
Secure Records Solutions meets the highest levels of compliance as regulated and certified
by our national association, NAID. You may rest assured that your confidential
records will be destroyed as securely as possible.