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An Introduction to Free Shred Days

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

shredded paper in the back of a truck

Have you ever had a stack of old documents that you needed to get rid of, but were hesitant to just throw in the trash? Or maybe you’ve considered shredding them yourself but didn’t want to go through the hassle (not to mention the cost) of buying a shredder. If so, then a free shred day might be just what you’re looking for. Read on to learn more about how free shred days can benefit both you and your community.

What is a Free Shred Day?

A free shred day is exactly what it sounds like: An opportunity for people in the community to bring their old documents and have them shredded for free. Most events are sponsored by local businesses or organizations, and they usually take place on weekends so that people can easily participate. 

Why Would I Want to Participate in a Free Shred Day?

There are several reasons why participating in a free shred day can be beneficial. For one thing, it’s a great way to declutter your home or office. If you’re like most people, you probably have a few drawers or boxes full of old papers that you don’t need anymore but haven’t gotten around to getting rid of. A free shred day provides a quick and easy way to get rid of those unwanted papers while also protecting your personal information from would-be identity thieves. 

In addition to decluttering your space, participating in a free shred day can also help reduce environmental waste. Rather than throwing away all those old papers, which would end up in a landfill, you can have them recycled into new paper products. And because most events are sponsored by local businesses, it’s also a great way to support your community. 

Are There Any Downsides to Free Shred Days?

There really aren’t any major downsides to participating in a free shred day. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you head out to your nearest event. First, check with the sponsoring organization to see if there are any size or quantity limits on what you can bring. Most events have no limits, but it’s always best to double-check beforehand just to be sure. 

UCI Document Destruction

UCI partners with local organizations a few times a year to provide free shred days to those who are interested. To keep up with all of our free shred events and the organizations you can sponsor, make sure to follow us on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!