In the modern age, you may like to think that mailing is a thing that ended in the twentieth century. But most of us still receive a lot of mails containing personal information. Although most of it is junk mail just featuring your name and address, some, like bills, contain more personal details.
Probably, you’d wish to digitize as many legitimate accounts as possible. Since that’s not always possible, you have to determine what you need to do with your documents to boost your details’ safety. The best way to achieve this is by shredding the documents.
Regardless of where you shred your document, you can’t leave the pieces scattered in your room or office. Eventually, you’ll need to chuck them out.
There are various disposal methods for shredded papers that you need to consider to determine the right bin. But before settling on a method, consider the following factors:
- Most people dispose of their shredded papers in trash bins. Do they do the right thing?
- How confidential is the information printed on your shredded papers?
- What type of shredder did you use to shred your documents?
People discard shredded papers in trash bins mostly due to the lack of better disposal methods. Still, unless you shred those documents well, the information they feature may leak. Potent identity thieves can use sophisticated software to reassemble your details.
Besides, the safety of your details is highly determined by the type of shredder you used to tatter your documents. Shredders are created differently, and they all perform shredding tasks differently.
It’s easy to reassemble the details of a paper ragged by a strip cut shredder because it cuts long paper strips. On the other hand, shredding your paper using a cross-cut shredder is safer, as the machine takes the task a step further by cutting the strips into smaller pieces.
Having considered these factors, it’s time to determine the available disposal options for your shredded document. Here are five options you should try.
1. Put the shredded papers into multiple trash bins
This method is not the same as throwing a shredded document in one trash. Someone can easily pick up the pieces and put them together. Contrastively, disposing of the pieces in multiple cans makes it difficult to put the pieces together and access the information.
However, before throwing your shredded paper into a compost pit, there are few things you need to note:
- Understand that you’re disposing of your shredded document out in the open where people can access it.
- It takes time before the shredded papers decompose; thus, your information will be in the open for a long time.
- Avoid composting a shredded paper that’s heavily inked or glossy.
3. Hire a drop off service or pick up
Although pickups and drop off services will charge you a small fee, hiring them is one of the safest ways of disposing of your shredded papers.
Some shredding services use high-quality shredders to maintain the safety of your personal information. Besides, they mix your papers with documents of other people, making it difficult to reassemble the document.
4. Dispose of the waste during a shredding event
Some communities hold shredding events. Research when such event will be held in your region and take your papers there.
Besides, others collect shredded papers in separate bins at town transfer stations or recycling centers. Do you have such facilities in your region? Dispose of your waste there.
5. Check with your municipality
Many municipalities collect shredded papers from residents. If you wish to dispose of your shredded papers with them, ensure that they (waste papers) are contained within your recycle bin. This is a perfect way of diverting shredded papers from landfills.