Shred Events

Community First Credit Union is once again offering an opportunity for members interested in helping the environment, decluttering their home and protecting their identity – all at the same time.

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 (limit of five grocery-size bags; 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 2023 with other credit union partners in our markets: 

  • Green Bay: June 3, 8 am – 11 am, Resch Center Parking Lot, Green Bay (in partnership with Fox Communities CU and Wisconsin Medical CU).

  • Oshkosh: June 3, 8 am – 11 am, Oshkosh Corporation Global Headquarters parking lot, Oshkosh (collaboration with four other local credit unions).

  • Appleton/Fox Cities: June 17, 8 am – 11 am, Neuroscience Group Field/Fox Cities Stadium, Grand Chute (in partnership with four other credit unions).

Organized shred events offered by a trusted partner are a quick and easy way to dispose of unnecessary personal papers. Here are some basic guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission on how long consumers should keep a variety of personal papers:

CFCU member shred event with three volunteers collecting recycling from vehicle.
  • 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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