Seven secrets about Shred Day

Maybe they’re not really secrets – more like commonly asked questions and insider tips. Who doesn’t like insider tips? Here goes:

  1. Your time is valuable, and you don’t need to spend it sitting in line. When the Shred event opens at 10 a.m., the line can extend for a quarter mile or longer. But not for you; you can skip the line if you come later. If you come at noon you could be at the head of the line. You’ll save enough time to get a nice lunch to reward yourself for spending your time wisely.
  2. Our people are ready and willing to do all the work to shred your papers. All you have to do is pop your trunk or unlock your door. You don’t have to get out of your car, and you don’t have to help us lift the bags and boxes. We got this. If you do get out of the car it slows down the line – for you, and for everyone else.
  3. The ad says you can bring up to three boxes of shred, but you brought plastic garbage bags. That’s OK; however, those bags can’t be shredded. We will need to open them to dump out the papers, so please, if possible, don’t tie the top of your bag. That just slows us down. If you must tie the top to keep everything in, we understand.
  4. If you brought your shred in cardboard boxes, don’t drive off too soon. We can’t shred the boxes, so those are going right back in your trunk. Save them for next year, and the year after that, and the year after that and …..
  5. You’re a high-tech wizard and a bit of a hoarder! You’ve saved all your old taxes and receipts on a CD or diskette. You even saved your passport forms, bank statements, credit card bills and – well, everything. You know that diskette with all your taxes and receipts from 1980-2000? Bring it; we can shred it. Honest!
  6. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay the shred trucks from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Mostly its rain and heat, though. No matter how wet or hot it gets, the Shred Show must go on. And even if it should snow, we’ll still be there. Waiting. For you.
  7. You're protecting your identity. At every Shred Day, someone is there to talk to you about ID theft. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. You can bet most of them never came to Shred Day. So take the flyer. Talk to the nice man or woman. Don’t be one of the 9 million.


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