This article provides an overview of free shredding services in Toronto which help you protect your personal information. Blue-Pencil is dedicated to helping clients safe guard their information, if you own or know of someone who operates a small business, this article will be helpful.
What are Community Shredding Events?
Over time unused documents like printed credit statements, medical records, and cell phone statements can accumulate in your home. Proper disposal and shredding of these documents will prevent personal information from falling into the hands of those who may perpetrate identity theft, against you or your family.If you are not certain what personal documentation should be shredded start here.
In the past, community events offered free shredding services to residents in Toronto in partnership with shredding businesses . This is an opportunity for residents, to take steps in preventing personal information from being accessed by perpetrators of identity theft. There are limitations however to these shredding services and it is recommended that one considers the following features offered by Blue-Pencil’s value-added services:
- Ease of mind – when you shred with a reputable, certified and insured organization like Blue-Pencil
- Certified and Insured – you are protected through our certification and insurance which is not offered by free services
- Mutual Safe Guards – we ensure that there is a service agreement that protects all parties involved
Past Free Shredding Services Toronto (and GTA)
Here are a sample of past document shredding events that were provided.
Peel Region Shredding Event – provided by Community Recycling Centres of Peel Region
Services Provided– At the one-day free shredding event, residents are encouraged to bring items such as tax papers, bills, income statements, personal information as well as expired driver’s licenses and health cards.
Limitations– Service is only provided to residents of Peel and all items being dropped off must originate in Peel. On regular operating hours the centres do not offer to shred your documents but can only receive them.
Fall Fest Event – Provided by Local Provider
Services Provided – Secure document shredding which provides additional security around document destruction and disposal. Though details of insurance, certification, or service agreement are not described. Customers are advised to use with caution and to ask if the service is provided in the future.
Limitations – Limited to one site for drop-off and only available from 11AM-3PM on day (2015).
Waterloo Region Crime Stoppers Community Event
Services Provided – Free shredding of personal documents with the following items encouraged: documents containing personal, financial information or other sensitive information as one of the best ways to prevent identity fraud. Members of Crime Stoppers were also on site to help answer any questions relating to fraud prevention.
Limitations of Service – Event did not guarantee secure disposal and upcoming events have not been announced.
Blue-Pencil offers best value shredding services, along with secure and guaranteed disposal. Here is a recent customer feedback on her experience with Blue-Pencil.
Highly recommend it. They are very quick and trustworthy. Adam H is our guy and he always shows up with a great attitude and smile. Very helpful.
Christine Jassir – Satisfied Blue-Pencil customer
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Check for Upcoming Free Shredding Service Events
Free community shredding services are convenient yet come with limitations: such as a lack of secure and guarantee of paper disposal. Residents must be cautious as to limiting the risk of personal information exposure when using these services. For secure information destruction and peace of mind your best choice is with Blue-Pencil. Here are some ways you can keep an eye out for upcoming events :
- Visit Fall Fest and look out for their next event
- Contact your local Fraud Prevention team (i.e. Waterloo Crime Stoppers – Media Contact)
- Contact your local community recycling drop-off centres to see if there is an upcoming event (See: York Region, Hamilton, and Toronto)
- Reach out to your local document disposal service providers as they may offer free community shredding events
- If you have friends or family in Alberta, the Motor Association offers free shredding
Blue-Pencil is an information security company that has been serving the needs of clients in Canada since 2004. We have grown our document security business over the past 10 years, serving more than 6,000 organizations including small and medium-sized companies as well as Fortune 500 businesses. We have recently launched two new divisions; Documents Storage and Records Management division and Document Imaging and Scanning Solutions division. This allows us to offer full circle, comprehensive solutions for information security management. We service the GTA and many other cities in Ontario – click here for a full list of our service areas. If you’d like to learn more about us and what we can do for you contact us today!