Shred Junk Mail Immediately

To keep the clutter down of junk mail coming in the house, we keep a shredder handy and go through the mail as soon as it comes in. Magazines, newspapers, ads, etc. go into a bag to be recycled. Anything with our name and address on it is opened and the "address" part of the mail is shredded to prevent anyone getting a hold of it. The rest of the mail is put in the recycle bag with the rest of the items.

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Dealing with the mail as it comes in daily has helped us a lot with having things setting around and cluttering up the desk. When the shredder is full, we recycle the shredded paper by putting it out in a bag marked with an X as instructed by our county waste disposal. Anything we want to look at goes on the desk to be looked at, at a later time. I can't tell you how much the shredder has helped to get rid of junk mail.

By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

This is a great post... Thanks

I use my "shreddings" in the bottom of my kitchen can. We bought an old house with no garbage disposal so I have a lot of moisture in my can.

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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

We do this too. It's a really tedious and annoying task that gives me 10 minutes of pain every day. I want an industrial strength bulk shredder that I can just drop entire envelopes and such into without opening them at all. But even small shredders cost hundreds of dollars. So I suggested to the postal service that they put industrial strength bulk shredder units with compactors and rain covers next to those group mailbox units.

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I said if selling the recycled material doesn't cover the cost of the service, lock them and sell access to them. I know I'd be happy to pay $3 to $5 a month for the service, and I bet others would too.

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