When and Where is the Next Paper Shredding Event?

You can guard against identity theft by shredding no-longer-needed personal documents at one of AMA’s shredding events. So, mark your calendars as these 2018 events will take place across the province every weekend in April and May.

Events are FREE; however, foodbank donations (monetary or non-perishable) are most welcome and please remember to bring your AMA membership card as this is a member-exclusive event.

All shredding events start at 10:00 a.m. and wait times average between 30 and 60 minutes in Edmonton and Calgary. Sorry, no early admittance, which helps us respect our neighbours by minimizing traffic queues before we open. Members can bring up to six boxes of sensitive papers, CDs and DVDs. Learn more below on what you can/can’t shred.

Check the events calendar for further details on locations and times. And last but not least, a big thanks to our partner Shred-It who make these events possible.





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Who Can Attend?

The event is open to all AMA members. Please have your AMA membership card ready.

How The Shredding Events Work

  1. What’s the cost?
    Free with a food bank donation – monetary or non-perishable food items will be accepted. Did you know the food bank can supply three meals from just a $1 donation? Donations can be made at the shredding trucks.
  2. How does it work?
    Most shredding events offer a drive-thru service, but please dress for the weather as you likely need to unload your shreddable items and hand them to our truck operator or staff.
  3. How long will it take?
    Average time on site is approximately 30-60 minutes, but please know times may vary according to volume of participants.
  4. The line is really long, can I walk-up with my shredding?
    For safety and to be fair to those who are in line before you we cannot accommodate walk-up service.
  5. What can’t be shredded:
    • Batteries of any kind as these can cause fires in our trucks. Also, no lighters or matches.
    • Heavy cardboard, metal, glass, or plastic
    • Pennies/coins
    • Electronics, computer hard drives, or toys.  Thanks for your help in checking for, and removing these items as they can cause serious damage to the shredding trucks and our friendly operators.
  6. What can I shred?
    To help you prepare for our events, find out which documents to shred and what you should hold onto for safekeeping. Please no batteries as these can cause fires in our trucks.
  7. How much can I bring?
    Each car may bring up to six boxes (a $60 value) of personal items for shredding. Sorry, our shredding events are for personal document disposal only, not for businesses.
  8. Why do you only do the events once a year?
    AMA shredding events take considerable resources both in staffing and budget allocation. We also hold several other AMA signature events throughout the year including parades, Car Care, Fill our Fleet etc. Due to this, we are only able to offer a set number of shredding events once a year.
  9. Why are the events member-exclusive?
    After careful consideration, in 2017 the events became member-exclusive to ensure that we can meet the needs of our members. Should a non-member still wish to attend-don’t worry we’ve got you covered, as we will be selling AMA memberships onsite. Alternatively, both members and non-members can use our secure document disposal service in centre year-round or drop off shredding at Shred-IT locations (fees apply).

What to Bring

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
  • Small staples and paper clips that bind your documents

Get your papers ready:

  • Make sure we can shred it – Remove all the items above, as well as large plastic clips or coils (small staples and regular paperclips are fine).
  • Make sure you can carry it – Bring all documents in sturdy, easily transportable boxes.
  • Make sure you should shred it – Some documents you need to shred regularly, some annually, and some should never be destroyed. Review this list to find out what to shred and what to keep.

Remember: To keep things moving, we must limit each car to six boxes of personal documents and items.