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Shred Day & Electronics Recycling

Have old documents piling up and want to dispose of them safely? Join Webster Five and the YMCA for a Shred Day! We’re working with Pellegrino Trucking to provide you with free, secure document destruction and disposal. Bring those old bank statements and check shredding off of your to-do list.

Have some old electronics you can’t get rid of? Bring those too! Green Day Recycling will be offering electronics recycling. Costs are listed below.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

YMCA Central Branch: 766 Main St., Worcester, MA

Why Should You Shred

  • It protects you. Safely destroying documents with your information can help prevent identity theft by ensuring your details can’t be taken straight from the garbage bin.
  • Shredding at a dedicated event is more eco-friendly. Because pieces are too small to be sorted, shredding on your own means recycled pieces often end up in landfill. Shredding at an event like this means that there is enough volume of shred to run and recycle a dedicated batch, no sorting needed.

When Can You Shred Certain Documents

Most people have heard the advice to keep documents for seven years, but many documents can be shredded before that time (or should be kept for even longer). The FTC provides a helpful infographic to let you know what to shred and when. Find it here.

What Should You Shred

Overall, you should shred anything that has personal identifiers or that someone could use to impersonate you. This includes account and Social Security numbers, full name and address, even those junk mail credit card offers. Here are some examples of what to shred, and find a more comprehensive list here:

  • Old bank statements
  • ATM receipts
  • Paid utility bills and credit card statements
  • Credit offers
  • W-2s
  • Pay stubs
  • And more

What Should You NOT Shred

These documents need to stay away from the shred pile and should be kept in a secure place.

  • Original copies of identifying documents: birth certificates, social security cards, citizenship papers, marriage/divorce decrees, and death certificates
  • Auto titles and home deeds (for as long as you own the vehicle/property)