How to destroy paper records
March 11, 2009 10:54 AM Subscribe
How do I physically destroy old paper records, obvious methods problematical ...
posted by Kevin S to work & money (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Basement cleanout revealed several hundred student evaluations from my (private) high school teaching career several decades ago. Quarterly grades and comments were typed onto multi-part carbonless forms for distribution to the various parties.
So these are flimsy, icky, 5" x 8" copies, now heavily mildewed and sometimes stuck together, but still readable with a little effort. Some of the students were from well known families and some are now celebrities in their own right who would be instantly recognizable to any dumpster diver or recycling center worker. Nothing tabloid worthy, but it would be embarrasing if any of this ended up on the web. And the source would be clear since my name is on every one of them.
Here's what I don't want to do: shred (mildew all over), burn (no obvious place to do it), cutting off the name at the top of each form (hazmat mask + several tedious hours).
Any ideas? Should I soak the entire lot in a pail of bleach?