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Looking for free ocassional shredding of papers (50 pages at a time) in Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley

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Nov 5, 2015
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Metro Vancouver

Looking for free ocassional shredding of papers (50 pages at a time) in Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley

I'm posting in this Entrepreneur/SmallBiz forum because they presumably are also concerned with document shredding. If there's a better forum, do please let me know.

Where in Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley can we have our documents shredded for free?

This will be needed occasionally, and only 50 sheets at a time.
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Why you think this service would be free? Also, who on earth would drive all over Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, presumably wait in a line up, just to shred 50 pieces of paper? You can buy a $50 shredder at staples and shred 50 sheets cross-cut in like... 2 minutes? And no, there's not really a place like that I am aware of. Most businesses who have high volume shredding needs either shred themselves on site, or have shredding boxes on site that they put paper into and then shredding companies come and pick up the boxes and shred the papers off-site for them. I can't imagine there would ever be a free shredding service because someone has to pay for the labour, maintenance of the shredders, electricity, disposal of the paper, etc.

A google search shows the cheapest option likely available is http://urbanimpact.com/ui-shred-days/ - Held every 1st/3rd Wednesday of the month in Richmond. Cost is $25 for the first 45kg. So as you can see, dropping off 50 sheets, or 45kg, is going to be the same price.
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JKrioo wrote:
Mar 13th, 2017 4:18 pm
Fireplace also works.
JKrioo, nice. I should have thought of this. We have a furnace! We'll incinerate the docs.
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mapleleafsyrup wrote:
Mar 13th, 2017 4:43 pm
JKrioo, nice. I should have thought of this. We have a furnace! We'll incinerate the docs.
Funny! And I was just trying to make a bit of a joke as I assumed you didn't have one. I collect my documents that need shredding in a box and take them to my Mom who has a shredder that does 15 pages at a time. However, in the winter they are my fire starters in the fireplace.
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The only small business owners that would have this problem are low on office space or expenses to buy a $50 shredder. You could ask your accountant, lawyer or pharmacist when you visit.
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I have been looking for the same thing. I don't want to buy a shredder as I would seldomly use it. This would be a waste of money, space and resources IMO. Most paid for services are directed towards higher higher volumes. If you only have 50 sheets you could just cut them up yourself. It does not take to long, you can even find paper shredding shears, but a normal pair of scissors would work. Also they have shredding days in Vancouver, https://urbanimpact.com/community/community-shred-days/. I believe they are free as of the other shredding days on this site have prices listings but these ones do not. I would contact them beforehand to confirm. Lastly you can ask around and see if you have a friend who will let you use their shredder. Hope all of this helps.

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