Best way to destroy records?

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  1. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    After putting it off for decades, this last tax season has forced me to come to terms with the fact that I save too much stuff. I have every paycheck stub, check register, tax return, college term paper, utility bill, etc. going back to the late seventies and it has to go. Bring it to the landfill? Burn it? Rent a wood chipper? We are talking about well over a thousand pounds of paper and I would consider all of it to be confidential. Thanks, HH
     
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    Many places have mobile shredder trucks. Or you could put it in a burn barrel with a screen over the top.
     

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    Professional, secure, bonded shredding service.

    We use, Shred It. Basically long strips of confetti when they are done. And it gets tumbled with other peopled paper then pulped and recycled.
     
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    I put all my stuff like that in the fireplace. In the winter of course.
     
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    Commercial shredding service. Don't know what the charge is, they empty our box once a month or so and no one complains about the cost.
     
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKZR8KBcekQ"]John Hartford Band Live Video 1984 - Don't Leave Your Records In The Sun - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I called the nearest commercial shredder and the 180 mile round trip would make the cost prohibitive for them to come to me. They suggested bringing my stuff to my bank the next time they're in town shredding the bank's stuff but that won't be until September. Does anyone know if a tow-behind wood chipper from the local rental place will eat boxes stuffed with paper? I can burn the shreds on site, but packed boxes make horrible fuel... HH
     
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    burn it a burn barrel its gone beyond salvageable
     
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    If you live in a rural area put it in a pile a gallon of gas or five and burn it...
     
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    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    +1 This is what is done at work.


    For personal, I have had a bonfire in the past.
     
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    Mister_Beefy Legal & Proper

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    I'm in the same boat man, just with far less to get rid of (my stuff only dates back to the 90's, heh)

    A buddy of mine lives in the sticks and has a firepit. This coming 4th I'm goin' out to his place and we're gonna barbeque, burn my garbage and set off fireworks.
     
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    Like any job, it's going to take some effort to kick it off. Get a cross-cut shredder - make sure it's cross-cut - that will turn most paper into stuff around the size of big rice. If you want to be certain, take the shreddings and run them through again. And if you want MORE, then burn the result after that.

    The last two steps aren't necessary. a cross-cut shredder was considered adequate for use in a secure repair shop when I was in the army (certified to handle Top Secret material). Pretty sure no matter what personal information you have, the government standard for TS-level material will suit your destruction needs.

    Staples has heavier-duty cross-cut shredders for ~$300 - 24 pages at a time - that can also destroy things like credit cards.

    Like I said, the up-front effort - including cost - is going to be higher, but once you get backlog of stuff caught up, you'll be ready to go....
     
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    I have about thirty boxes each the size of a case of bottled beer. That's alot of feeding.... :crying: HH
     
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    For your 1,000 lbs of records, THIS is the way to go!
     
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    I did a big paper burn in a 55 gal drum and it was a way more time consuming chore than I figured. I probably breathed in a couple packs of cigarettes worth of smoke too.

    If you try the wood chipper route let us know how it works.
     
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    As said watch for local place having a free shred event. The only thing I don't like it most don't do work (on site) so they load it in trucks and haul it (somewhere) where they say they will shread it... I have heard stories of some info (falling off trucks) So I don't care for them too much.
    You can buy a (useable) shreader for under $100 and get some lube sheets. Then spread the shreading over time.