Don’t miss our fall shred events
Saturday, Sept. 15: Arnold and Florissant branches
Saturday, Sept. 29: Webster Groves branch
All fall shred events take place between 9 a.m. and noon.
Before you start bagging leaves, gather your sensitive paper documents and bring them to an Arsenal branch for safe and secure destruction and recycling during our fall shred events.
We are partnering with American Document Destruction, a local business AAA certified by the National Association of Information Destruction. ADD will shred all of your paper on-site so none of your personal information ends up in the wrong hands.
Protect your identity
Here’s what you should bring to our fall shred events:
- Old tax returns, pay stubs and reconciled account statements (if the latter item includes tax-deductible charitable donations, tuition costs, business or medical expenses, keep for seven years)
- Loan documents (after loans are paid in full)
- Cancelled and voided checks
- Paid utility bills
- Expired insurance policies
- Items with your signature
- Credit card offers
Other kinds of paper, such as old newspapers and magazines, may also be dropped off and shredded. If you have unused copy paper and construction paper that you would like to get rid of, consider donating such to local schools, which often look for extra paper supplies for art projects.
Why should you have your paper recycled?
Recycled paper and paperboard can be used to make some 5,000 products used in everyday life, per Reference.com. Among those: egg cartons, masking tape, animal bedding, paper money, coffee filters, car insulation and dust masks. It can also be used to manufacture hospital gowns, paper towels, writing paper, lamp shades, bandages, globes and much more, the site further noted. About 33 percent of all paper products made in the U.S. are manufactured from recycled paper, while the remaining 66 percent are made from scraps from saw mills, wood chips, other plants and whole trees.
Isn’t paper biodegradable?
Yes, paper is an item that can be broken down into organic compounds by nature. When biodegradable items are disposed of, they decay over time due to moisture, air and the presence of microorganisms in the soil. Every ton of paper recycled, however, saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, according to Earth911. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
It won’t cost you a cent or much time
Our fall shred events are free and open to members, as well as others in the community! Small businesses are welcome, too. Bring as many paper documents as you need to be shredded (within reason). This important service would most likely cost you money at an office supply store; one well-known local chain charges 99 cents per pound. Even if you have a shredder at home, ADD’s industrial shredder will save you a lot of time!
For help in deciding how long you should keep financial documents, here’s some advice from the National Endowment for Financial Education.
We look forward to seeing you!