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Old 24th Sep 2014, 18:59
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Shredding Confidential Waste.

"Fellowes Shredders" toughest in the the world.

Started with an eleven quid thing from Tesco, it lasted approximately 20 sheets.......decided to but one of the worlds toughest shredders, have got my third one (have to travel back to the shop again tomorrow.)

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Old 24th Sep 2014, 21:03
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years ago one of the jobs I regularly had to do when I was a shifty fitter was unclog the shredder in the HR department. They used to stuff envelopes full of not only paper but treasury tags, paper clips and them tin plate gadgets that fold over with a couple of little sleeves to hold the ends down. I had to have a HR minion watching while I did this to make sure I didn't read any thing so one day I says to her.
"Why don't you take the stuff out of the envelope before shredding it" "Ooh we can't open the envelope they're confidential and were not supposed to look inside them" " but I have to take the stuff out of the envelope to clear the shredder" says I " " But your not in HR" " Ah " says I
they now have a contract with a company that drops the stuff all over the M6 on it's way to be securely incinerated!
we also have a departmental shredder that apparently can shred CDs according to the logo on the top, have to try it one of these days.
Gingernut maybe you should get one of those wood shredders that featured in a mystery item thread a while ago.
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Old 24th Sep 2014, 23:13
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Used to be an occasional job for the Station Duty Officer - going to the incinerator and checking that the shredded classified waste had been burned properly.

I've got a Woolworths shredder - still going strong, so that's going back a few years. I've just used a load of my own shredded stuff to pack a china plate I sold on ebay - its going to France. Mrs TTN said he might stick it all together- all I can say is he's welcome - he'll find it really boring!
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Old 24th Sep 2014, 23:21
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Burn them all

What - shredders? Or HR people?
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Old 24th Sep 2014, 23:32
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Ah, memories. One of my first jobs was in a plastics factory and one of my duties there was to unclog the plastic shredder when the plastic got so hot it melted around the grinders.


Enormous machine. Brought my own padlock in to lock-out the mains while I dug around inside.


Then a half hour's walk in 30 below and blowing snow after midnight shift to the bus stop and another half hour wait.


Good times....
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 07:54
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No need for any of the afore mentioned nonsense when we all had good honest coal fires,aye and fed by our own coal as well,not this continental shite we import now,shredding indeed,hoy it on the back of the bloody fire man.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 08:02
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Eureka moment....

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Old 25th Sep 2014, 08:59
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Hamsters, gerbils etc make short work of paper as bedding, it's beyond shredding; then add the 'soaking' - reduced to wet pulp!
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 09:08
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I found that throwing piles of sheets of paper onto a bonfire left pages unburned unless I 'stirred' the fire to turn over the piles. It is tedious having to feed the sheets separately.

Likewise we are unable to recycle shredded paper.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 09:23
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Anything confidential, we put through a little (Argos?) cross-shredder, then it makes a good dry layer in the compost heaps.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 09:44
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Dustbin with a few holes round the bottom, can of kerosene, matches, broomstick to stir it up with for 100% grey ash, beats any shredder. And nothing to dispose of later, bar the ash on a flowerbed.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 14:09
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I find this works best...

https://www.google.ca/search?q=outdo...2F%3B400%3B543
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 14:24
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Used to be an occasional job for the Station Duty Officer - going to the incinerator and checking that the shredded classified waste had been burned properly.
And the fun of deflecting phone calls from irate Bawtry villagers who complained about the ash falling on their washing when we we were burning HQ 1GP stuff.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 14:28
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I guess that burning the shredded documents would be pretty secure.
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 15:24
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Why won't they accept it as recycling? Paper is paper. Here I just put it in the huge container with all the other paper we receive, never look at and then recycle.

A lot of the stuff I consider to be confidential, bank statements, credit card bills, etc. is now electronic.

Our tax people don't even want the 'attachments' to our tax returns. Things like salary statements and invoices. We're told they 'may ask for them so to keep them for five years, but after that 'shred and recycle'
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 15:48
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The reason that classified waste was burned after shredding was because it was believed that the Soviet block had teams of people skilled in putting it all back together again.

Must have been a fascinating job!
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 16:09
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No need for any of the afore mentioned nonsense when we all had good honest coal fires,aye and fed by our own coal as well,not this continental shite we import now,shredding indeed,hoy it on the back of the bloody fire man.
Then just as you've got a good pother going you lob on the most 'secret' of your sheets for instant conflagration.... and instead it gets caught in the fierce updraft and disappears up the chimney intact to flutter down somewhere in the neighborhood, but who knows where?
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 16:27
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I remember reading an article a couple of years ago where a computer boffin wrote an algorithm that could visually piece together shredded strips however small that had been shredded. It studied the edges of the strips and with time could reconstruct original documents. It might have been in Germany and concerning shredded ex-DDR Stasi documents.

Walking along local streets on bin day where people have a recycle bin, it amazes me that many people leave both name and address on envelopes AND business/hospital letters with all information to see……Maybe I'm overly concerned about identity theft etc, but it doesn't seem to trouble many supposedly clever citizens. Regarding the shredded strips not being accepted for paper recycling, it appears to be due to clogging of the rollers and so on at the initial recycling point. Once it's at the paper plant it all gets put into a huge vat and made into a soup and then a paste and then rolled out to become tomorrows toilet paper or packing material. I always feel bad about throwing it in the landfill destined rubbish seeing as how I don't own gerbils or a bonfire



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Old 25th Sep 2014, 19:31
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All confidential household paper is shredded at Spittingimage Towers using a Fellowes P-45C shredder. Same shredder has lasted for years now; an occasional few drops of oil is the only maintenance it needs.

What to do with the resultant bits of paper ? Mrs SI puts them in the garden waste compost bin. The bin-resident worms, et al., love 'em ! End of problem.

It does amaze me how much paper these busy worms get through .. to say nothing of potato peelings, etc.
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