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    Burning Papers

    Today was burn day. About twice a year I put out the 30" fire pit thingy and burn about a 6" stack of papers; bank statements, medical stuff etc. It's about an hour's commitment including cool down and cleanup.

    What do you do?

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    Shred it each time I open the mail. As long as I keep plastic out, the local animal shelter wants the shredding for bedding.

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    We burn it as well.
    Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything.

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    crosscut shredder

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    Shred anything with personal info.

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    We use a micro-cut shredder and recycle it.
    Ken

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    shred, but sometimes use the shredded material as a kindling substitute in the firepit

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    Recycle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    We use a micro-cut shredder and recycle it.
    +1. But I don't have any way to burn it (suburbia), or I might do that.
    Brian

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    We often shred things and then recycle.

    There is a lot of old financial papers that would take way to long to shred. It has occurred to me that burning might be easier and quicker.

    jtk
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    While burning may be easier it is definitely less environmentally friendly. We recycle paper, shredding anything with personal data. This years fires and heatwaves are a good reminder of why.

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    Throw everything into a garbage can partially filled with water. After a couple months, the paper soaks up all the water, the writing is illegible, and the pile is a wad of dry paper, placed into the recycling container. It is absolutely zero work.
    Regards,

    Tom

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    I thought one of the reasons to own a woodstove was to get rid of documents with sensitive information.

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    Twice a year our city brings into the City Hall parking lot 2 large-truck mounted shredders, one for paper, one for any electronic junk. Free to city residents...
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    FOUR - CO2 lasers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas McCurnin View Post
    Throw everything into a garbage can partially filled with water. After a couple months, the paper soaks up all the water, the writing is illegible, and the pile is a wad of dry paper, placed into the recycling container. It is absolutely zero work.
    I very much like this idea. Will trial.

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