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messageGetting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by PeterW 07 August, 2010 16:02

I've got more or less an entire bin bag of papers which need to be securely shredded bank/credit card statements, work-related documents etc and I'm not sure what the best option is. It's far too much for a domestic shredder and setting fire to it all would be a bit anti-social where I live.

Can anyone maybe recommend a shredding service? Most commercial shredding companies seem to only cover businesses with vast amounts to shred regularly, not just one-off jobs. Any tips appreciated.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by ruffers 08 August, 2010 00:05

I'm sure a domestic shredder could handle it, the question is whether you can..?

1) Buy bottle(s) of (whatever you fancy)
2) Start DVD(s) of your choice
3) Get shredding

I'm guessing you'll need what, 3 bin bags for your 1 of unshredded material?
Think of it as an opportunity to watch that box set you got for Christmas and never found the time.

As for as 'any tips appreciated'... I had to go through the above process recently. So my tip now is 'shred as you go'..

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by Marmora Man 08 August, 2010 15:59

Why not just burn it all - small bar b q set would do the trick if you don't have access to a garden with bonfire space.

Alternatively make it into paper mache models - or paper mache logs to burn on the fire / bar be q / chimena

Then, in future, as Ruffers says, do it as you go along.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by DulwichFox 08 August, 2010 16:15

Just buy a domestic shredder. Then you can keep say 3-6 months documents and shred each month.

[www.google.co.uk]

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by PeterW 08 August, 2010 16:47

Thanks for all the tips, but sadly I remain a bit stuck. My garden is a small courtyard, and burning that much paper - about 20kg - would be a bit antisocial for nearby neighbours.

It's also far too much for any domestic shredder, which (unless you spend about 150) generally need about 10 minutes of cooling for every 3 minutes of shredding. It would take me about 24 hours straight, more probably.

Agree fully in future it's best to keep on top of this, but these papers were mainly from when I lived abroad, and I had to keep them for a while for tax reasons.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by DulwichFox 08 August, 2010 17:31

You have to start some where.

I have a small domestic shredder.

2-3 sheets at a time. 100 sheets then wait for a couple of mins.

It is tedious. but eventually it will all be gone.

Otherwise it will just keep building up.

There are shredding services, but if you shred it youself you
can be sure it's gone. and it will build up again.

I shred everything I don't need that has my Name, Post Code

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by KalamityKel 08 August, 2010 17:44

Oh come on you can get a decent shredder for not much more that 60 (good investment if you're a regular horder of paper). If you treat the shredder nicely... you can easily get through a couple of packed lever files (as an example) a day.

If you've let the pile build up so much you cant expect it all just to disappear at the click of you're fingers.
Stop being lazy and just get on with it!

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by Michael Palaeologus 08 August, 2010 18:40

I take 2 options:

1 - Go into work early and use the big office shredder
2 - Wait until I visit a mate that lives in the country and use his garden waste burner

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Curry Club. First-ish Thursday of every month. Find us in The Lounge.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by SteveT 08 August, 2010 22:11

I bought a shredder secondhand off the forum for fifteen quid and it would cope okay if you did a handful each time you went past the machine.

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dickensman

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by PeterW 09 August, 2010 15:34

Ah well, thanks for what tips there have been (apart from the 'stop being lazy' one). I do, otherwise, shred as a I go; this is a one-off pile which accumulated due to it being papers connected to life abroad which I had to keep hold of for a set period.

I did have a go at the pile with a 60 shredder, and after an evening's stop/start work I had a binbag full of shreds but about 95% of the pile still to get through - it really is about 20-25kg. I'm not sure I want to devote three weeks of evenings to such a dull chore. The shredder then stopped working and I had to take it back to the shop.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by oldnewromantic 18 June, 2011 15:33

Hi PeterW

Did you find a solution to this? Like you, I have a bag full and after several sessions was only about 10% of the way through.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by Eliza.D 18 June, 2011 17:12

Hi. Fill up the bath with soapy water and soak it for an hour then take it out in batches and squeeze out the excess water and put in the paper recycling. Its what I do it in the sink for smaller amounts.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by maxxi 18 June, 2011 17:16

Eliza.D Wrote:
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> Hi. Fill up the bath with soapy water and soak it
> for an hour then take it out in batches and
> squeeze out the excess water and put in the paper
> recycling. Its what I do it in the sink for
> smaller amounts.


...add some wallpaper paste to it and make large papier mache statues of reindeer to delight the children at Christmas.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTA4AHOsqnA0auGEepKRdYa0zi7UKyJs89PFyf3wVN68cP7LRkaPg

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by womanofdulwich 18 June, 2011 18:22

you could go through it and just rip the top off - wiht your address and account details- and recycle the rest one week- thats what I did.
then i tore the top corner off which was my address and recycled the following week- and then i was left with 10% of what i started with and I burnt on the fire/ tore up into even smaller bits. i did try shredding with my work shredder buts its hopeless. alternatively there are companies that specialise in secure disposal - we sent 100 bags from work but i think thats expensive- the companies give you special bags to fill and take away. I cant remember the name sorry.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by reetpetite 18 June, 2011 19:29

Google Premier shreading they are offering free shredding for new customers.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by pablogrande 19 June, 2011 11:14

I own a commercial shredding company, we offer a confidential free service to our new customers.

Please provide me with you full address and date of birth and we will arrange collection for transfer to our Nigerian processing plant.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by elloriac 19 June, 2011 14:04

We use Paper Round at work. No idea what they would charge, but their website says that they do collect one-off confidential shredding...
[www.paper-round.co.uk]

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by womanofdulwich 19 June, 2011 16:22

ahh yes we use papsmiling smileyer round too.

messageRe: Getting rid of huge pile of bank statements/confidential documents?
Posted by Frankito 19 June, 2011 17:48

Ffs already... Please let me come over and collect it and I will burn it down the bottom of my garden.. Anything to kill off this thread already.


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