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Your Monday: Shred It!


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — You probably have them: file cabinets, desks, and random drawers full of paper of documents, that may also be full of personal information.

How long you should you hang on to them? How can you get rid of them safely?

Monday, ABC40 helped you clear out all those sensitive documents. We had trucks from ProShred Springfield on-hand to take your unwanted documents, and shred them instantly in their large mobile units.

Over the course of the six and a half hours they were here, ProShred estimates that they shredded about nine tons, or 18,000 pounds, of paper.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance offers these tips on what you should keep and what you should toss.

You can also check ProShred Springfield’s website for other local shredding events.

Here are some of the documents you may want to consider shredding before discarding them:

  • Bank Account Statements
  • Correspondence
  • Job Applications
  • Profit/Loss Statements
  • Brokerage Reports
  • Credit Card Statements
  • Legal Documents
  • Signatures
  • Cancelled Checks
  • Financial Reports
  • Medical Records
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Confidential Letters
  • Insurance Policies
  • Pay-stubs
  • Tax Records
  • Contracts
  • Invoices and Receipts
  • Photographs
  • Telephone Numbers
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