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St. Louis, it’s time to shred: Spring 2021 Shred Events

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St. Louis, it’s time to shred: Spring 2021 Shred Events

After a year-long hiatus, we’ll be hosting three paper shredding events this spring.

After missing last year’s events due to the pandemic, we are resuming our 2021 community recycling efforts. All three of our free spring events run on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (sharp).

  • April 10: Webster Groves branch

  • May 1: Arnold branch

  • May 8: Florissant branch

These dates, times and events are subject to change. We’ll let you know through email, our website and social media if they do.

We also plan on holding a series of shred events in the fall and eRecycling events in the summer. Stay tuned for more information.

American Document Destruction

Once again, we’re teaming up with American Document Destruction (ADD) to shred your documents. ADD is a local business AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction. Staff will shred all of your documents on-site so that none of your information becomes compromised.

Please keep ADD employees, Arsenal employees and yourself safe

ADD and Arsenal have a few new rules to help keep the line of cars going and to keep everyone safe.

  • There is a limit of five (5) boxes per vehicle.
  • When possible, remember to keep 6 feet apart from those not in your immediate shelter groups.
  • Wear a face covering when speaking with ADD or Arsenal staff.
  • Please do not leave any boxes in the parking lot after ADD leaves.
  • Stay in your car when you arrive, and an ADD employee will grab and destroy your documents for you while you watch.
  • Bring a bottle of hand sanitizer for yourself.
  • If you miss one of our upcoming events, you can visit the ADD facility in Creve Coeur. Their drop-off service is Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. Visit the ADD website for more information, including fees they will implement on June 1.

Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Here’s what you should bring to our spring shred events:

  • Old tax returns (if they include tax-deductible charitable donations, tuition costs, business or medical expenses, keep for seven years)
  • Pay stubs and reconciled account statements 
  • 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

You can also drop off other kinds of paper, such as magazines, newspapers and direct mail. If you have unused copy paper or construction paper, you should donate it to a local school that needs extra supplies.

For help deciding how long you should keep your documents, here’s some advice from the National Endowment for Financial Education.

5 reasons to shred your paper documents

  1. Protect your identity: Keep things like bank account statements and credit card offers away from scammers.
  2. Save energy: Paper produced from recycled materials saves more energy
  3. Improve air and water quality:  Reduce carbon emissions.
  4. Conserve resources: Recycled paper doesn’t require us to cut down more trees.
  5. Use less landfill space: Decomposition of paper produces the most methane gas.
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