Shredding All Those Old Files

If everyone procrastinates in cleaning out old files of utility bills, bank statements, etc., like I do, it becomes a huge job. The container that comes with your paper shredder is so inadequate at this stage, that I put a clean trash bag in my kitchen trash basket, and shred away. You don't have to worry about emptying it every 5 minutes. When the bag is full just fasten the top and drop in the trash or the incinerator. The original container makes a neat wastebasket for the bathroom.

Harlean from Arkansas

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March 18, 20130 found this helpful

It's a good tip but I would donate the paper to the local pet shelter, or recycle it. You can also use it to fill gift baskets, start a wood stove fire, or check out the thousands of uses in a google search.

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March 20, 20130 found this helpful

Because of safety measures, shredders are being made to fit only the container sold with it. A shut off switch engages when the top is lifted.

I used to do as the poster suggested, and was always having jams, read consumer report of injuries happening clearing jams. Yes, we use our fingers, paring knifes, crochet hooks, etc.

Lawsuits demanded safer shredders. SO I set a large trash bag inside my laundry basket or large trash container and catch it the same way. It goes to the recycle bin and they have alternate uses for paper.

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