If you don't have a shredder, here is an easy way to "shred" your mail. Take all the mail you don't want, tear it up into little pieces, put it all in an empty envelope, seal it, and toss it in the trash.
By laramay from Portland, OR
Usually shredding is done as a concern for prevention of identity theft. You're best bet would be to shredd the document into strips from top to bottom and dispose of the document in different trash recepticles making it more difficult for the items to be pieced back together.
Please don't put it in an envelope and seal it. Scatter it loosely throughout your trash. When you seal it in an envelope you have concentrated all the information you wanted destroyed together.
I think buying a paper shredder that cuts crosswise is worth the investment so that you don't have an identity theft issue. Another option is if you have access to a fireplace, you or a friend have one. Burn all your paper that needs to be shredded.
If the purpose of this is to also recycle, can't these be put in that bin? I have the perfect solution. Just drown them. I posted here a while back about soaking the papers in soapy water during the day or over night. Drain and you will have soggy paper ready to wring out and toss in the trash if you sill need to use that instead of recycling.