What Should You Shred?

What Should You Shred?

Documents in paper form are everywhere. You have them at your residence and at the office. You print them and they come in the mail. The use of paper is still growing and will continue for years to come. So what needs to be securely destroyed? In a word everything, the reason is simple fifty percent of every document has information contained in them that requires they be shredded before disposal. So how do you choose what to shred or not? The time it will take to review every individual piece of paper would be tremendous along with the possibility of human error and throwing away something that needs to be shredded first. Don’t waste your valuable time or expose yourself to a likely mistake, make sure you are in compliance with privacy laws by shredding everything.

Below is a list of documents you should always destroy before disposal;

  • Address labels
  • All Discarded Copier Copies
  • ATM receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate copies
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Credit Cards (Expired)
  • Documents containing maiden name
  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
  • Documents relating to investments
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
  • Drafted Documents
  • Education Records
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Identification cards/badges
  • Legal documents
  • Insurance Information
  • Internal Memos
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • Items with a signature
  • Luggage tags
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with a Social Security number
  • Payroll Information
  • Pre-approved credit card applications
  • Phone Logs
  • Phone Messages
  • Purchase Orders
  • Receipts with checking account numbers
  • Report cards
  • Resumés or curriculum vitae
  • Tax forms
  • Telephone bills and records
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Used airline tickets
  • Visitor Logs

We shred, what you don’t want read.