I recently did a major cleanup of all my old bank statements, VISA bills, pay stubs and shredded an entire garbage bag’s worth of paper (which was recycled). Before having a shredder I would likely have either burned the documents or thrown them away piece by piece in the garbage. Neither of these options is very green of course. With shredding, the paper goes out with the recycling and gets used to make more paper products. It is also a completely secure way of disposing of private information because there is no way anyone could piece anything legible back together again. A shredder does cost money but we got ours on sale and you could consider buying one with your extended family or friends.
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