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    • hoyles10
    • By hoyles10 1st Mar 10, 12:16 PM
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    Best way to destroy documents
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:16 PM
    Best way to destroy documents 1st Mar 10 at 12:16 PM
    Not sure if i've posted this on the right board but I couldn't think of where else to ask.

    I have a few bag fulls of documents that need destroying (Bills, old letters etc)... Does anyone know if there is a public incinerator type of place where I can take things to be destroyed? or does anyone have any tips on how to destroy large amounts of documentation?

    I have a small bin for burning rubbish and a shredder but i'm just trying to save myself a few hours boring work
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    • Niv
    • By Niv 1st Mar 10, 12:21 PM
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    Well if you dont do it yourself there is always a chance that the info will be taken. Would that not be true? Do the job in bits, e.g during the ad breaks when your watching tv. Dont think of it as one big boring job.
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:26 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:26 PM
    im interested in this too. i find im overwhelmed by the amoutn of stuff that comes through the door, most of it is what i consider to be junk, but isnt actually 'junk mail', offers of credit cards, catalogues, etc, but they all have my name and address on it, both on the front letter but also on order forms, which are pre printed

    so i often keep a big bag of it piling up and the shredder doesnt cope because it overheats and gets stuck, it drives me mad

    for the time being, i take the bag of stuff to my mum who puts in their garden incinerator, but they live 70 miles away!! our garden is a bit small for burning up stuff

    i think its a right nuisance
    • hoyles10
    • By hoyles10 1st Mar 10, 12:27 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:27 PM
    Well if you dont do it yourself there is always a chance that the info will be taken. Would that not be true? Do the job in bits, e.g during the ad breaks when your watching tv. Dont think of it as one big boring job.
    Originally posted by Niv
    Very true but I wasn't sure if there was somewhere like a council depot that had a big incinerator where you could take something and see them throw it in.

    Shredding it is then.... Oh joy.

    I might keep dropping hints to the wife and hope when I come back from football at the weekend some of it will be done
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    • casper_g
    • By casper_g 1st Mar 10, 12:32 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:32 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:32 PM
    TBH I wouldn't be that concerned about something with just name and address details on it. I'd just stick it through a cheap shredder and leave the bits with the general rubbish. This may not be totally secure but if someone wants my name and address I'm sure there'll be easier ways to find it than sticking my shredded junk mail together.

    If I had something with (e.g.) bank account details or credit card numbers then I'd start looking for something more secure (jenner's mum's garden incinerator sounds good).
    • Niv
    • By Niv 1st Mar 10, 12:32 PM
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    See them throw it in! Very unlikely. H & S would have a fit if the 'public' were to get that close to the incinerator. I work for a waste management company and I know in the areas we operate the incinerators are privatly owned and have contracts with the local council for waste inputs or at the least council owned but privatly ran, either way - no way to get to the 'coal face' so to speak. Not sure if there are any/many true 'public' incinerators/tips etc these days tbh.
  • ormus
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:34 PM
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    juts rip out any details, the name & address, account numbers etc.
    all the rest can be thrown out with your normal papers.
    then either burn the bits left or mash em up with some water.
    Get some gorm.
    • hoyles10
    • By hoyles10 1st Mar 10, 12:36 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:36 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:36 PM
    Jenner's mum's garden incinerator it is then.... Where does she live?

    I think there may be a gap in the market for a chain of public incinerators.... Off to Dragons Den I go then
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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 1st Mar 10, 12:38 PM
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    I burn mine in the fire pit but you can obliterate all the details by shredding or tearing into small pieces put in a bowl of hot water and leave overnight this makes all the ink run into one unreadable mess
  • puddy
    juts rip out any details, the name & address, account numbers etc.
    all the rest can be thrown out with your normal papers.
    then either burn the bits left or mash em up with some water.
    Originally posted by ormus
    absolutely, but have you any idea how much there is

    firstly theres bank stuff
    then bill stuff
    then catalogue stuff
    then delivery stuff
    then shopping stuff
    then receipts
    then unsolicited stuff

    multiplied by 2
    • Nile
    • By Nile 1st Mar 10, 12:45 PM
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    juts rip out any details, the name & address, account numbers etc.
    all the rest can be thrown out with your normal papers.
    then either burn the bits left or mash em up with some water.
    Originally posted by ormus
    I do exactly the same ormus.

    Whether it's paper or an envelope, I tear out the address or any reference to me (eg Dear X on a letter)..........and then shred these torn pieces in a cross cut shredder.

    If I have to cut up an old credit card/cheque guarantee card.............I don't put all of the pieces in the dustbin in case some enterprising person could piece them back together.

    I wonder how many people shred their mail/envelopes but............they then put empty medicines (bottles and tablet packets) and the paper bag from the chemist in the bin................and forget to remove the label which has your name on it.
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    • macman
    • By macman 1st Mar 10, 12:46 PM
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    absolutely, but have you any idea how much there is

    firstly theres bank stuff
    then bill stuff
    then catalogue stuff
    then delivery stuff
    then shopping stuff
    then receipts
    then unsolicited stuff

    multiplied by 2
    Originally posted by jenner
    Sounds like you need to register with the MPS! That should at least get rid of the unsolicited pile.
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  • ormus
    i do it all the time. it takes minutes to rip out the important stuff, and you end up with a few very small bits of paper.

    last week i burnt them in a glass ashtray.
    it cracked in half!

    she wasnt amused.
    Get some gorm.
    • jonewer
    • By jonewer 1st Mar 10, 2:45 PM
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    I just chuck mine in the dishwater. Leave for 30mins. Scrunch up into a ball. Throw in bin along with some other yucky stuff.

    I defy any id thief to pick anything useful out of that!
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  • Astec
    Bit saddened by all this non-recycling :-(

    Personally, anything non-confidential goes in paper recycling, I rip out details on rest and take them to work as we have locked confidential recycling bins.

    I thought it'd be common for most offices?
    • macman
    • By macman 1st Mar 10, 3:07 PM
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    I just chuck mine in the dishwater. Leave for 30mins. Scrunch up into a ball. Throw in bin along with some other yucky stuff.

    I defy any id thief to pick anything useful out of that!
    Originally posted by jonewer
    Your dishwasher's going to die young with all that ink residue in it...
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    • jonewer
    • By jonewer 1st Mar 10, 3:11 PM
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    Your dishwasher's going to die young with all that ink residue in it...
    Originally posted by macman
    dishwater not dishwasher

    Besides, the dishwasher spends most of her life watching TV.....
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    • macman
    • By macman 1st Mar 10, 3:13 PM
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    dishwater not dishwasher

    Besides, the dishwasher spends most of her life watching TV.....
    Originally posted by jonewer
    Hah hah, how did I misread that? I know people have used them for cooking salmon, but as waste-disposal units?-that was a new one-I thought.
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  • Errata
    I do the same as Ormus, do it as it comes in and it's a 5 second task. Big wodges of saved stuff go in the garden incinerator with woody garden bits and the residue dug into the garden. It doesn't appear to bother the plants.

    Thanks for reminding me about the tab boxes and bags.............grrr
    .....................I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...
    • vaio
    • By vaio 1st Mar 10, 4:22 PM
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    dishwater not dishwasher

    Besides, the dishwasher spends most of her life watching TV.....
    Originally posted by jonewer
    I see trouble ahead

    Just out of interest is it really worth panicking over letters with names & addresses on?

    Has anyone actually lost out or had their identity stolen from throwing away letters, bank statements etc?

    If you have please share and Iíll promise to start panicking too rather than just dropping it all in the recycling bin

    (And, newspaper stories and stories from down the pub donít count. Actual first hand information please)
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