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Document Shredding: Frequently Asked Questions

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July 31st is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Shredding & Snow Cones! To help you prepare for the event, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions about the free document shredding services we’ll be offering.

Can I watch my documents be shredded?

Yes! Our friends at Shred America will be using the latest high-speed, on-site shredding equipment, ensuring that your sensitive documents are destroyed while you are present.

Should I remove paperclips and staples?

You do not need to remove these bindings. The equipment being used is designed to handle staples and bindings with ease. Alternatively, items that contain acid or chemicals, such as batteries, will not be accepted. 

Will my shredded documents be recycled?

Yes, your documents will be recycled promptly once they are shredded. 

Is there a limit to how many documents I can bring?

While we do not have a set limit on how much to bring, we ask that you use your best judgement to allow other attendees ample time to have their shredding needs met as well. 

What types of documents should I bring?

Here are our top recommendations for documents you should consider bringing: 

  1. Duplicate documents: if you have extras of a document you do not need or cannot use, or if the document is backed up electronically. 
  2. Junk mail: since personal information is often included in these materials, shredding is the preferred method of disposal.
  3. Old tax documents: the standards vary for how long you should keep your tax documents (you can find those HERE). Once you’ve passed these periods that apply to you, it’s time to shred those old documents. 
  4. Old bank statements: ATM receipts, old statements, and anything you don’t need for tax purposes. 
  5. Bills and receipts not needed for tax purposes: things like utility bills, credit card bills, etc. contain personal information and should be destroyed properly. 
  6. Expired insurance policies: once expired, your policies offer little value by keeping, and contain lots of personal information. 
  7. Personal notes: Applies if you’ve stored passwords or sensitive information in old notebooks or Post-it notes. 
  8. Old IDs and credit cards: once these cards are expired or canceled, shredding will help you to protect your identity and account information. 

You can find more information about the event and sign up for updates at https://vanpooleproperties.com/shredding-and-snow-cones-event-updates/. Further questions about the event? Simply fill out the form below or give us a call at 972-608-0777 and we’d be happy to help! 

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