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Shred Even the Small Stuff

Guest blogger on Michele Heine's How to Maximize Money for your Stuff, 3/8/11
Dorothy Madden

Looking for a cost-effective and convenient solution for shredding your papers?  Look no further than your local OfficeMax!

Last year OfficeMax partnered with Shred-it, a global leader in secure document destruction, to provide shredding services for individual consumers and small businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone, especially the environment because the shredded materials get recycled.

Don’t let your piles collect at home! Regardless of how much or how little you have, just box your papers neatly, load them in your car and drive to your local OfficeMax. Your papers (including staples and paper clips) are weighed before shredding. Currently the cost is 59 cents per pound.

An OfficeMax ImPress associate inserts your papers into a locked container behind the counter (you can watch) and only Shred-it has the key. Shred-it’s truck comes every couple of weeks (more often if needed) and a bonded, insured Shred-it representative shreds the papers on-site within the Shred-it truck. Learn more at:  OfficeMax secure document shredding.

There are five OfficeMax locations from Rochester to Lockport and nine in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. For a location close to you, see the OfficeMax store locator. So where’s the catch? There is none.  However, it is recommended that you call the store before going to confirm there is room in the Shred-it containers.  They fill up fast!

As you prepare your taxes, you may find you have old information to shred. Or you may just be in the mood to get organized and clean out some files, a little at a time. Consider using this easy, affordable, convenient solution available at your local OfficeMax!

Additional resources for Shredding, Recycling/Disposing, Selling, Donating, and Consigning your items may be found at