Homestead Hack: Disposing of Confidential Documents

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Sometimes you need to permanently dispose of confidential papers such as sales receipts, credit card statements, etc.

Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that ‘trash’ actually serves a purpose! Check out this Homestead Hack:

Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that 'trash' actually serves a purpose! #TexasHomesteader

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This time of year after RancherMan & I gather documents needed for our income tax return, we always do a quick cleanup of the remaining confidential documents that we no longer need.

We utilize electronic bill-pay for almost all of our bills. And we enroll in paperless billing whenever possible too.

But there are still some cases where paper receipts are received such as packing slips that serve as receipts, etc. So even though we fight against extraneous paper coming into our home, come it does!

Many people shred these documents for security’s sake. But we don’t have a shredder and I don’t fancy ripping all the paper by hand.

So here’s what I do to actually USE that ‘trash’ instead.

Paper To Compost

Paper receipts are often received as packing slips for online purchases, etc. If you’ve read my post about how to Easily Compost,  you know properly balanced compost needs both ‘greens’ such as vegetable peels, etc as well as ‘browns’ such as dry leaves or paper.

To satisfy the ‘brown’ requirement of our compost I often use Repurposed Cardboard that I receive from our community volunteer position.

But today I’ll be using this paper from confidential documents that I’m needing to dispose of.

Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that 'trash' actually serves a purpose! #TexasHomesteader

I use those sheets of paper to line the small compost bucket I keep beneath my sink. It keeps the bucket a little cleaner and that’s a good thing. But it also provides some of the ‘browns’ requirement for my compost.

When I go out to my *Compost Tumbler I dump in the entire contents of the compost bucket and give it a quick stir.

Now our files are cleaned out PLUS we have compost in the making to help our veggie garden grow.

What About Thermal-Paper Receipts

I don’t like to put thermal paper into my compost. Maybe that would be fine, but I prefer to use only uncoated paper in my compost.

So any thermal-paper receipts we have are instead stuffed into my most recent EcoBrick. What’s an EcoBrick you say?

It’s simple. An EcoBrick is just a plastic bottle you use to stuff non-recyclable trash tightly into. It corrals all those small pieces of trash into a tightly-compacted bottle.

I use all manner of unrecyclable trash for my EcoBricks. Small wrappers, plastic caps and yes – these thermal paper receipts too. You can stuff a surprising amount of non-recyclable trash into one of those bad boys!

Supposedly there are many things you can use an EcoBrick for too – even building! But my needs are much more simple.

I’ve most recently used my EcoBricks at the bottom of a large galvanized trough I was planning to plant. That trough will become a raised bed for my vegetable garden.

EcoBricks used in a large planter. Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that 'trash' actually serves a purpose! #TexasHomesteader

The EcoBricks at the bottom help provide drainage before planting and also reduce the amount of soil I need for this huge planter. And, as I mentioned, those EcoBricks actually help corral receipts too. 

Who knew this confidential documents ‘trash’ could actually serve a purpose??


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2 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Disposing of Confidential Documents

  1. Patty

    Good ideas, I love those ecobricks, and have started creating some of my own. We do have a shredder for confidential documents, but rather that putting the shredded stuff in the trash, we use it as insulation around our well head. It seems to work very well, and since it does break down (and even mush down as it gets wet) there’s usually room for more the next time we have a stack to shred.


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