Four recycling events for member-owners

Secure shred papers.Want to help the environment, declutter your home and protect your identity? Community First Credit Union annually offers some opportunities to do all three simultaneously.
For any member-owner without a home shredder, Community First partners with other credit unions on Secure Shred & Electronics Recycling events to help safely and securely dispose of unnecessary paper documents for free (see basic guidance on document retention below) as well as disposal of some electronics items no longer needed (some fees may apply).
We have the following four Secure Shred/e-Recycling dates scheduled for 2022 with other credit union partners in our markets:
  • Lakeshore: May 21, 9 am – 1 pm, J.E. Hamilton Community House (in partnership with the Two Rivers Senior Center and Fox Communities Credit Union). Location details.
  • Oshkosh: June 4, 8 am – 11 am, Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters, Oshkosh (first-time collaboration among seven area credit unions). Location details.
  • Appleton/Fox Cities: June 11, 8 am – Noon, Fox Cities Stadium, Grand Chute (in partnership with four other credit unions). Location details.
  • Green Bay: June 18, 8 am – 11 am, Resch Center Parking Lot, Green Bay (in partnership with four other credit unions). Location details.
By offering free and safe disposal of sensitive documents containing personal information, the goal is to help protect Community First member-owners from potential identity theft issues while also helping the environment, eliminating some clutter in that messy desk drawer or filing cabinet.
Organized shred events offered by a trusted partner are a quick and easy way to dispose of unnecessary personal papers. Here is some basic guidance/advice from the Federal Trade Commission on how long consumers should keep a variety of personal papers:
Shred immediately – sales or ATM receipts, paid credit card statements, paid utility bills, credit offers, expired warranties and cancelled checks (except tax-related checks that should be kept seven years).

Keep one year – pay stubs, bank statements, paid/undisputed medical bills.

Keep seven years – Tax-related receipts, tax-related cancelled checks, W-2s, records for tax deductions taken.

It depends – Auto titles (as long as you keep the vehicle), home deeds (as long as you own the property), disputed medical bills (until resolved), home improvement receipts (until you sell home and pay any capital gains taxes).

Keep forever – Birth certificates, social security cards, marriage or divorce decrees, citizenship papers, adoption papers, death certificates, tax returns (retain in a secure location).

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