shredded paperEveryone should have access to a paper shredder. Large companies often have a bin on-site that is regularly picked up by a shredding service or can hire a company to bring a truck on-site to shred the results of a major office clean-out. But what about the small or home office? A file clean-out often produces too much volume for a home-office shredder to handle, but not enough volume to warrant the expense of an on-site shredding truck.

If you are near the St. Louis area your answer is at American Document Destruction. Yesterday I took a large bag of papers to their dock — which is right next to the front door of their building. Rob, who was both very helpful and friendly, took my bag and had me follow him to the giant shredder where I watched him toss it in and then witnessed the shredded results as they came out on the conveyor belt. I was out of there in seconds and it was free. That’s a good deal.

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No matter where you are you can Google shredding events in your area and chances are there will be one near you in the near future. Many companies sponsor document destruction drop off days. Drive up, dump your stuff and drive away.

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