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To shred or not to shredBy MSGCU on 9/22/2022

Why Shred?

Shredding is the perfect way to dispose of security-related items without tossing them in the trash where they can be found by someone else. Shredding gives peace of mind knowing your sensitive information is being handled with care.

On community shred days, organizations such as MSGCU partner with a shredding company to bring on-site shred trucks to specific locations. These mobile trucks have the tools and capacity to ensure every last piece of sensitive material is shredded and recycled without a trace of personal information left. And, if you’re interested, you can even wait for your shred to be completely disposed of by watching the truck cameras as it deposits into the shred machine.

Sensitive documents only, please.

While purging your documents, it’s easy to simply toss all your undesired papers to your shred pile. Since MSGCU’s Shred Day, and most community shred days, are intended for security-related documents only, non-sensitive materials can be disposed of with your local recycling company. 

Here's a handy chart to help you determine to shred or not:

Shred items containing: Don't shred
(donate or recycle if possible):
Important records
to keep:
  • Name and address
  • Any non-security, paper items such as advertisements without your name and address
  • Business or personal tax returns (it's suggested to keep your tax returns for at least three years)
  • Social Security number
  • Sales receipts
  • Social security cards
  • Driver's license number
  • Clothing
  • Marriage or divorce certificates
  • Bank account or credit card numbers
  • Toys
  • Auto titles
  • Birthdate
  • Pencils, pens, markers, or crayons
  • Birth certificates or adoption papers
  • Financial information
  • Printed photos 
  • Death certificates 
  • Company and corporate paper items
  • Materials made of plastic, metal, wood, etc.
  • Home deeds
  • Health-related details
  • Home goods items (examples: screws, binder clips, jewelry, and trinkets) 


  • Credit reports and credit history



  • Expired Passports and Visas



  • Records with PIN numbers or passwords



  • ATM receipts 



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