Destroying old bank statements

Anyone have a good way of getting rid of old bank statements, credit card statements etc? I have a pile a couple of inches thick that will take ages putting through the shredder, and I don't want to just put them in the bin... no option to have a bonfire either.
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  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    Did you ever make papier mache when you were a kid?

    Tear up the pages, crush them a bit and dump in a bucket of water.

    When all the paper is soaked through, squeeze it into lumps.

    Dispose with your usual rubbish.
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    Friend with a log burner?
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  • KiranKiran Forumite
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    Add them to the compost pile?
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  • FreeBearFreeBear Forumite
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    A garden shredder makes short work of paper and chews it up a lot more than a shredder.
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  • victor2victor2 Forumite, Ambassador
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    Got a friend with a chimenia?
    We have our own, and when important documents have piled up beyond use, that's where they go.
    Sit with a drink in front of the chimenia and feed the documents in. There are worse ways to pass an evening! :)

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  • getmore4lessgetmore4less Forumite
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    FreeBear wrote: »
    A garden shredder makes short work of paper and chews it up a lot more than a shredder.

    Depends on the type of garden shredder.
  • keith969keith969 Forumite
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    Some good ideas, thanks. The chimenia one sounds worth a go, there are enough pages to keep it burning for a while!
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  • In the sink, a couple of kettles of boiling water and mash into a pulp. way faster than a shredder, and more effective too.

    Just make sure you clear all of it out before opening the plug.
  • sillygoosesillygoose Forumite
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    FreeBear wrote: »
    A garden shredder makes short work of paper and chews it up a lot more than a shredder.

    Really?

    After a massive clear out I have 5 bin bags of stuff to get rid of, tried burning in a garden burner but smoke was unacceptable.

    Was thinking I was going to have to pay to use a commercial service.

    But I do have a fair size garden shredder, might be worth a try. Cheers
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  • burnsguitarmanburnsguitarman Forumite
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    Definitely soaking them in water, until they are soft and break up easily.
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