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Confidential Document Destruction

FREE Kane County SHREDDING EVENTS

FOR KANE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

​​​2021 Shredding Event Dates: April 24, June 26, & October 23
Where: 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Hours: 8am-12 noon only on dates listed above, please arrive between these hours. Do not arrive early as you create the problem you are trying to avoid - a long line that is not moving!

  • This service provides on-site shredding trucks; there are 3-4 trucks scheduled for each of the above events. E​ach truck holds 12,000 pounds of paper. 
  • All documents received are cross-shredded into confetti-sized pieces.
  • This is for residential material only, not for businesses (see list below for business service), thank you.
  • Quantity limit is approximately equal to 4 banker boxes (12"width x 16"depth x 10"height) but you can bring them in any kind of boxes or bags.
  • Staples, paperclips, spiral bindings, file folders without metal, and envelope windows are fine to leave in.
  • Please REMOVE all binder clips, three-ring plastic binders and any larger metal pieces.
  • Please do not bring periodicals, magazines, junk mail, or other paper that does not contain confidential information. Those materials can go in your household recycling bin.
  • ​If absolutely necessary, you can pull aside out of the line and out of the way, remain in your vehicle, and look back to watch your documents being shredded. Or you can drop and go, trusting that we will shred all documents recei​ved.​​
  • Please note that we will receive documents for shredding only until the trucks are full.

Please check this page before the event to confirm, as things do change​. Thank you for your understanding and patience in the time of COVID-19. See alternatives below if you have an urgent need.​

What is considered confidential?

Confidential information such as account numbers and details, social security numbers, etc. should be kept secure and destroyed.

However, information like name, address, and phone numbers are not considered confidential as they can be found in phone directories or in common records. Those kinds of information do not need to be shredded.

Please DO NOT BRING periodicals, magazines, and other junk mail  that does not contain confidential information. Those materials can go in your household recycling bin.

Alternatives:

If you do not want to wait, you might try calling your bank to see if they have a free yearly shredding event for their customers; they sometimes do. Also some Alderman offices are organizing small scale shred events in thier wards; check with yours to see if there are any planned. ​

Otherwise, here is a list of some companies that offer shredding services in this area. These companies serve residents and businesses, and most charge a fee per pound​. Call ahead to make sure they are open at this time.​

  • ATR - Advanced Technology Recycler: 815-844-7779
  • Groot - Accurate Document Destruction: 800-407-4733
  • Iron Mountain: 800-899-4766
  • Life Storage Centers of Aurora: 630-618-2161
  • ​My Shredding Service, Geneva: 248-387-9395
  • WestRock​, Aurora (free service): 630-898-4231, ext.​ 6
  • Shred-It: 708-345-8392​
  • Shred Nations​: ​630-299-4886
  • Shred Nations offers residential quantity shredding through local offices, find a location with the zip code location finder​.​ 
  • UPS stores will shred for a fee.
​​Note:
This list is not all inclusive, nor does Kane County promote any of these businesses above ​others. It is simply a list of options for confidential document shredding services, meant to serve as a helpful guide.​​
Already Shredded Paper?

DO NOT PUT IN CURBSIDE RECYCLING BIN: Paper that has already been shredded is not recyclable in the curbside recycling programs because it creates a major problem at the sorting facilities. You can you put it in your trash.​

BRING TO ANY KANE COUNTY RECYCLING EVENT: If you have already shredded your documents, you can t​ake bags of shredded paper to any of the Recycling Events scheduled throughout the year (see event dates​). Please place shredded paper in paper bags (with top rolled and stapled once or twice) and drop them off at ​the Book Recycling area. We will put them in with the books that are beyond use and headed for recycling. The paper will get recycled.

Take to Aurora WestRock Paper Recycling Facility: This public document destruction program is/was closed due to Covid.​ Call to check if they have reopened. ​See the WestRock website, and be sure to click on the word doc at the bottom for the detailed instructions​ on how to get through the gate! The paper will get recycled.​ 

SHRED JUDICIOUSLY: Best practice if you want to shred your own confidential material is to tear off the portion of the page that contains the confidential information and shred that and then recycle the rest of the sheet whole in your curbside recycling program.