Why you should make room for shredding in your spring cleaning routine

We recently shared our tips for successful spring cleaning on the blog, and while we hope you found them helpful, there’s still one more task that should be a part of your spring cleaning routine, as well as a year-round best practice! We’re talking about shredding your sensitive documents in a safe and responsible way.

Why shred?
According to CNN, identity fraud claims a new victim every 42 seconds — in 2013, over 13 million Americans had their identities stolen. Shredding is the best defense against identity theft because it destroys the very documents thieves use so efficiently. And, it’s at a low cost to you, and the environment!

What should you shred?
To an identity thief, almost every household or personal document with information on it can be the ticket in. Here’s a list of items that you should consider shredding, after they are no longer needed:

  • Tax information and returns
  •  Bank statements
  • Investment statements
  • Paycheck stubs
  • ATM receipts
  • Credit card statements
  • Credit card receipts
  • Household bills
  • Warranties
  • Insurance information
  • Home financial information

How can GreenDrop help?
We have held several successful shredding events at our charitable donation centers in the past year, and are continuing to add more as often as we can! Upcoming opportunities to shred with GreenDrop include:

  • GreenDrop Cherry Hill
    May 30
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    1060 Maple Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
    Bring one donation and shred up to four boxes of documents
  • GreenDrop Media
    June, 13
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    401 E. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
    Bring one donation and shred up to four boxes of documents

We’re happy to give our donors the chance to dispose of their sensitive documents safely and responsibly while donating to one of our partner charities. We look forward to planning many more events in the future and hope you will keep an eye on our Facebook page and here on the blog for more details about these and other upcoming events!