When and Where is the Next Paper Shredding Event?
AMA Shredding Event Schedule
Our 2014 shredding season has been completed, and it was our busiest year ever! Over 12,500 Albertans came out to shred 242,000 kg of personal documents! Shredding events also help support food banks across Alberta, and our Members are always willing to help, donating 5,400 kg pounds of food and over $35,700 to help those less fortunate. Great work Alberta!
We’ll be back with shredding events across the province in spring of 2015. Keep an eye here for the schedule to be posted in early 2015.
How Our Shredding Events Work
Plan to be at the shredding site for a minimum of 30 minutes. All shredding events are outdoors, so dress appropriately. Most venues are ‘drive-thru’ service, but at some sites you have to park and walk your boxes over to the shredding truck. Our friendly staff is there to help, so just holler if you need a hand. If it’s lined up and you’re in a hurry, feel free to leave your boxes beside the truck for shredding. Events are staffed by AMA volunteers, local law enforcement and shredding company staff who have security clearance and know how to safeguard your documents.
What to Bring
Each year, our free shredding events become more popular. We love to feel the love, but to keep things moving we have to limit our services to just six boxes of personal documents (not for businesses) per vehicle. If you have more personal documents, you can always circle to the back of the line and take another run.
Items that can be shredded:
- Credit card slips, cancelled cheques, and bank receipts
- Banking and investment statements, bills, non-solicited credit card applications
- CD-ROMs/CD-Rs/DVDs, diskettes
What can’t be shredded:
- Heavy cardboard, metal, glass, or plastic
- Batteries, lighters, or matches
- Electronics, computer hard drives, or toys
Get your papers ready:
- Make sure we can shred it – Remove all large plastic clips or coils (small staples and regular paperclips are fine). Please check for and remove all non-document items like batteries, matches, and coins which can cause serious damage to the shredding trucks (and the friendly operators).
- Make sure you can carry it – Bring all documents in sturdy, easily transportable boxes or containers.
- Make sure you should shred it – Not all documents are created equally. Some you need to shred regularly, some annually, and some should never be destroyed. Review the list below to find out when the documents you have should be destroyed.
Shred Regularly or Annually
- Papers, envelopes, and multimedia files with personal information such as names, addresses, and birth dates. Unwanted credit card or financial services applications or credit/background checks.
- Expired ID cards, travel itineraries, and airline tickets.
- Credit card, banking and investment statements and receipts, cancelled cheques or pay stubs.
Shred After Eight Years
- Year-end bank statements that are not needed for tax purpose
- Titles, contracts, and deeds for sold properties
- Income tax returns and related financial documentation
- Keep valuable documents safe and secure in a fireproof home safe or by renting a safe deposit box outside the home.
Don’t Shred Until Expired
- Current contracts for rentals, leases or loans
- Warranty documents for products you currently own
- Active memberships, employment benefits and utility contracts
Don’t Ever Shred
- Appraisals and receipts for valuables like art or jewelry
- Securities and trade confirmations, repaid loan or mortgage documents
- Wills, power of attorney, marriage, death, birth and divorce certificates
- Military service records, educational diplomas, degrees and transcripts
- Insurance investment account policies, annual statements and claims
- Documents related to a legal conflict or claim like a vehicle collision, since legal action can be taken up to 10 years after the incident.
Paper Shredding Services
Are you getting buried under a mountain of paperwork? Consider a home shredder to safely recycle every document or piece of mail that has your personal information. If you run a small business or can’t wait for our next round of shredding events, contact one of our preferred suppliers or check your local yellow pages to ask about fee-based services.