Free Shred Day frequently asked questions

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – WATE 6 On Your Side is partnering with Shred Pro Secure, 93.1 WNOX, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Investigations Bureau, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to provide a free document shredding event on Saturday  Any unwanted paper can be safely and securely discarded into shredding trucks at the WATE parking lot on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Frequently asked questions

What should people expect?

WATE is located at 1306 Broadway northeast. People should enter from the main entrance off Broadway.  THP troopers will be directing traffic and anyone waiting to enter the shred event should wait in the middle turn lane on Broadway.  Our volunteers will direct vehicles to the back parking lot where there will be two shred trucks.  Once you’ve reached the front of the line, we’ll help you unload your paper into the shred bins and then the trucks take care of the shredding on site.

For your safety we request that everyone remain in their vehicles until they are at the front of the line. Once you’ve dropped off your material, you’ll exit through the back gates of our parking lot on Luttrell Street.

What material can be shredded?

These trucks can handle any type of paper material and the clips, staples or fasteners meant to hold paper together. You don’t need to worry about taking time to pull your documents out of folders or remove paper clips.

What material should be shredded?

Anything that has your name, address, or other identifying information could potentially compromise your identity if it fell into the wrong hands. You can shred old financial documents, legal and medical records, checks, magazines, or even junk mail like credit card offers.  If you’re not sure if the document is safe for you to throw out, experts recommend shredding it.

How much material is accepted?

Each vehicle can bring up to three Bankers Boxes or small trash bags worth of shred material. You can bring your material in whatever receptacle you have. Volunteers will do their best to approximate the equivalent of these boxes or bags so that as many people as possible can take advantage of this free event. We will return boxes, bags, and totes to the person who brought them.

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