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Mar. 12, 2014
 
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Reader question: Do you know of any place in the Appleton area that offers free document shredding? At one time I thought I’d heard of a bank providing that service.

Answer: Various financial institutions, office supply stores and consumer organizations offer free shredding services throughout the year during promotions or special events.

Here are two promotions going on now or coming up shortly:

• Office Depot in Appleton has a shredding promotion through April 29. Get five pounds of free document shredding, valued at $4.95, with a coupon on the officedepot.com website.

One pound of paper is roughly 100 sheets or a half-inch stack. The store accepts one coupon per household, and you can show the coupon on your phone. The local Office Depot is at 2700 W. College Ave. in Appleton.

• Fox Communities Credit Union is sponsoring a free shred fest April 7-12. Each of its branches has a locked bin with a 2-inch-wide document feed opening. The credit union asks that you limit the amount you bring to no more than two grocery bags full.

The credit union will accept up to 10 grocery bags, however, at a separate shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on April 12 at three of its branches. You’ll see large on-site shredding trucks at its locations at 3401 E. Calumet St. in Appleton, 2170 S. Ashland Ave. in Green Bay and 3 N. Main St. in Clintonville.

To determine what documents can be shredded and when vs. what documents should be kept forever, see the charts at foxcu.org.

Reader question: Do you know where my friends and I can donate movies on VHS tape? I’ve called daycares and nursing homes to try to give them away and I can’t find a place that will take them.

Answer: I’m not aware of any business that will take them. But you can donate them right now to the Friends of Appleton Public Library book sale that benefits the library. They’ll take books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes at the library’s service desk. The sale runs March 20-22. If you need more information, reach the Friends of APL office at 920-832-3931.

— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or mwallenfang@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @wallenfang

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