Somewhere in my house I have one, maybe two, perfectly good paper shredders collecting dust. Both can shred two, maybe three pages at a time, but they're slow and they jam all the time.

I finally gave up and have been taking grocery sacks full of "sensitive info"  to free shredding events instead.


If you haven't collected reams of paper that need shredding, take them to any Office Depot through April 16. They will shred up to five pounds free at any retail location. Five pounds is about one full grocery sack. (The Depot is also offering up to 25 free black and white, single-sided copies.)


Cub Foods also sponsors free shredding events throughout the year, sponsored by Shred-It. The next one is March 31 at Cub Foods locations in Arden Hills, Champlin, Chanhassen, Eagan East (1020 Diffley Rd.), Fridley and White Bear Lake. Bring up to two bags of paper per person to be shredded while you wait. A non-perishable food item is requested but not required.

Check the Shred-It calendar for upcoming paper shredding events in Chaska (April 7), Moose Lake, Burnsville, Fridley, Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Lakeville (April 21), Brooklyn Park (April 23) and White Bear Lake (April 28).

The next event at various Cub Foods stores will be Saturday, May 5 in Blaine east, Lakeville north, Minnetonka, Maplewood west, St. Paul Midway and St. Paul Har Mar.

If you know of any other shredding events, please share. Just curious, has anyone else given up on their impossibly slow shredders and gone to these free events instead?