“If it is worth shredding, it is worth having it done right.” ~ Jennifer Lava-Professional Organizer
Yesterday I was working with a client in his home office and we were discussing shredding of old documents. It occurred to me that some people know the importance of shredding some of their materials, but they get concerned about the cost. There are essentially 3 levels to think about. If you have a very large number of old documents, it is most cost effective to hire a company to pick up your boxes and shred them. If you have 1-3 boxes, it is most effective to go to a local retailer that charges by the pound. If you have less and once you are on a regular routine, invest in a decent shredder for your home or office. all of these have some level of expense involved, but the protection of your identity and finances are worth the relatively small expense and effort.
Fortunately, in most communities, there are organizations that hold periodic shredding events that are free for the public. In Austin there is one tomorrow, November 9th.
Free Household Document Shredding
With the increased awareness of identity theft, it is more important than ever to carefully dispose of personal records such as credit card statements and checking account records. The Austin Chapter of ARMA International (Association of Records Managers and Administrators), and Balcones Shred are sponsoring a FALL free “Shred Day.”
Mark you calendar for Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Balcones Shred (9301 Johnny Morris Road).
Households can bring up to five boxes of paper records per household for shredding. Box size should not be larger than 24” X 24”X 36”. All of the shredded material and cardboard boxes are recycled. Please make sure your records are paper only (no hard plastics, no plastic bags, electronic media or three-ring binders) and are not wet or moldy. Monetary donations will be accepted with a portion of the proceeds going to Blue Santa.
Please note the change in location for the fall shred day. The event will be held at 9301 Johnny Morris Road. For more details regarding the free household shredding, contact Dana Simpson at Dana.Simpson@BBVACompass (512-453-0250) or William Basinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.