This coming Saturday, April 28, is "Community Shredding Day" according to the firm "Shred-It," which is making its shredding services available for free in many communities across the United States. They had their shredding day in Canada last month but I found out too late. This is a good opportunity if you have a lot of papers to shred; shredding is an important way to reduce the risk of identity theft.
To find the closest community shredding event to you, go to:http://www.shredit.com/communityShredUSA.asp
I've spent the last month or so going through old papers and work files that I no longer need; there's way too much for me to shred at home with my light-duty shredder; I've got six archive boxes full already of paper to be shredded and I'm not done yet.
Shred-it makes house calls, but it's expensive ($95 a pop, although if you have friends or neighbors with stuff to shred it could be worth sharing the costs). Alternatively you can bring your paper to them (in standard archive boxes); here in Canada they charge $5 per box to shred them. I have a small office shredder here that I use daily for things like ATM receipts, emails that I print out, and other small-volume shredding jobs, but you can destroy one of those little units quickly if you have hundreds of papers to shred at a time. A shredding service is a better solution for jobs like that...or if your place of employment shreds its papers you could check to see if it would be okay to bring in your personal papers for shredding.