You know you’re not supposed to just throw confidential information into the trash, but sometimes the shred pile gets pretty high if you don’t have a paper-chewing monster of a shredder like mine. (We’ve had it for years and yep – it’s every bit as good as they say it is.)
If you’ve been putting off the inevitable, you’ll have an opportunity to get the job done – for free – at the FREE shredding events in Wichita, KS listed below.
Protect your private information and avoid identity theft by taking advantage of these events throughout the year. This list includes document shredding events that are open to the public, but some banks and credit unions offer shred days for their own customers.
Coupons for Paper Shredding in Wichita
Look for the Free document shredding at Office Depot coupon. (It’s usually available in the spring of the year.)
2022 Free Community Shred Days
Please note: Since plans can change on short notice, be sure to use the links in each post to double-check all events before you go.
Fidelity Bank free drive-through Community Shred Event April 2, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at 216 S. Market. (Enter from the S. Market entrance.) More info
Wichita Shredding April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1930 N. Ohio St., Wichita, KS 67214. You can bring up to 5 boxes of paper to shred or up to 2 computers with hard drives to shred. The Facebook event page also says they’ll take metal, appliances, and cardboard; I’ve never heard of that at a shred event before. More info
Union State Bank in Newton April 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 527 N. Main St., Newton, KS. Bring up to 5 boxes or bags of personal material for free shredding. Follow the traffic lanes and stay in the car. Shredding event by UV&S. More info
Office Depot coupon for free shredding. Get up to 5 lbs shredded free by April 23, 2022.
Kansas Attorney General Hutchinson free shred event April 29, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. at KS State Fairgrounds Gate 3, W. 23rd and N. Main St.
Bel Aire free shred day (residents only), April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by the City of Bel Aire for Bel Aire residents only at the city building. Bring up to 5 boxes or bags of personal material; follow traffic lanes and remain in your vehicle. More info.
Capitol Federal Free Shred Day has a free shred day in Wichita scheduled for
May 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bradley Fair branch.
CORRECTION: The date for this free shred day at Capitol Federal is actually May 21, 2022; I got it wrong somehow and people were apparently confused and upset. Once again, I want to urge everyone to use the provided links to double-check info before you head out. Mistakes can and do happen or sometimes things get rescheduled and I don’t find out about it.
Capitol Federal free community shred events will be happening at locations around the state this spring. Be sure to note the amount and type of documents that will be accepted for shredding.
Cambridge Market free community shred event, May 14, 2022 from 9-11 a.m. Bring up to 5 boxes or bags of personal material for free shredding. Stay in your car and follow the lanes of traffic. Workers will remove the paper from your car and it will be shred onsite. Then go shopping at the stores in Cambridge Market! More info.
Shred Events We Look for Each Year
Keep an eye out for free shred days or low-cost shredding services from these in the list below. They all had shred events in previous years, but so far I haven’t heard any news about this year.
AAA Cover Your Assets had shred events at 5 locations (Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, E. Wichita and W. Wichita) one year. No update yet for this year. Free shredding drop-off, travel tips, home maintenance tips, vehicle maintenance checklist, and more.
BBB Free Shred Days The Better Business Bureau has a list of BBB shredding events across the country, but so far I don’t see one for Wichita in the current year. However, keep checking because new locations might be added.
INTRUST Bank Free Shred Days INTRUST had five Wichita-area free shred events in previous years, beginning in May. All of the shredding events were on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your documents and dump them into the bins. INTRUST had scheduled free shredding days at locations near Kansas City and in Oklahoma as well. No word yet on free shred dates for the current year.
The File Depot occasionally has had free shred days in the past. You could bring up to 5 banker boxes for free shredding; each additional box was only $5 each. The Wichita office moved and is now located at 1930 N. Ohio in Wichita.
Wichita Federal Credit Union usually hosts one or two free shredding days for the community. The Wichita East shred event is listed above; the west event (if there is one) is unknown (to me). In the past they’ve posted these shred events on the WFCU Facebook page here.
AARP Free Shred Event was in May last year. It was free and open to the public but you did have to register in advance. In addition to shredding, they collected donations of non-perishable food items to give to the Kansas Food Bank. To find future free shred events, keep an eye on the AARP Wichita Events listing here.
Hutchinson free shred event, March 1, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Part of the Kansas Attorney General Consumer Protection Week. Bring up to 3 boxes or bags of personal shred to the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Gate 3, W. 23rd Ave. and N. Main St. More info.
El Dorado free shred event, March 4, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Part of the Kansas Attorney General Consumer Protection Week. Bring up to 3 boxes or bags of personal shred to the YMCA in El Dorado, 300 N. Main St. More info
Newton free shred day, April 17, 2021, from 9-11 a.m. Free community shred event hosted by Midland National Bank. Bring up to 5 boxes or bags of personal shred material to 527 N. Main Street. Remain in your vehicle and follow traffic lanes. More info.
United Way of the Plains Free Shred Event April 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon at 245 N. Water Street in Wichita, KS. Bring a maximum of 5 boxes or bags; volunteers will unload from your car so you don’t have to leave your vehicle. Sponsored by Wichita Shredding. Info here
Kansas Attorney General Free Shred Events Shred events are scheduled around the state during National Consumer Protection Week in early March. To find shred events near you, keep an eye on this page.
Underground Vaults and Storage has scheduled free shred days at banks across Kansas, including Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, McPherson, and more. Some events are for members, residents, or customers only. Here is a good place to see what they have planned.
Members-Only Shred Events in Wichita, KS
Look for more info at the UV&S link above about more residents/member shred events:
- Mid-America Credit Union Members-Only Shred Days
- Free annual Shred Day for Bel Aire residents
- Check with your bank or credit union to see what shredding services they might offer.
Capitol Federal Bradley Fair