Free document destruction and recycling!

Comerica Bank Shred Day Phoenix

Welcome to our sixth annual Shred Day Phoenix—the Valley’s largest free shredding event designed to securely destroy and recycle sensitive paper documents to help reduce the risk of identity theft. Join Comerica Bank, Iron Mountain, St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Phoenix Police Department on Saturday, November 9, in front of Comerica Theatre for this one-day, community-wide opportunity to rid yourself of all sensitive and unwanted documents.

Guard against identity theft

Do a little “financial fall cleaning” and help protect yourself and your business from identity theft and fraud. One of the best ways to guard against identity theft is to safely shred sensitive documents, such as old bank statements, tax returns (7 years and older), medical bills, utility and credit card statements and pre-approved credit card offers. You may not know it, but identity theft is the fastest growing U.S. crime with more than 17 million victims impacted annually.

Bring all your paper

There is no limit to the amount of paper that consumers and businesses may bring for secure shredding. We’ll have a dedicated area for large loads—trucks and trailers full of paper are welcome. Just bring it and we’ll shred it!

Give so others can eat

You’re encouraged—but not required—to bring non-perishable food items or cash to donate to our Shred Day Phoenix partner, St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Let’s ‘shred’ last year’s records

Last year, we securely destroyed nearly 157,775 pounds of paper. What’s more, in our first five years the generous Valley community donated enough non-perishable food items and cash to equal nearly 375,901 meals for hungry Valley residents.

Shred Day FAQ

What types of items can I bring to Shred Day?

You may bring your paper documents to be securely destroyed and recycled. You are not required to remove small staples, paper clips, rubber bands and/or small fasteners; however, please find a list of prohibited items below.

Prohibited items include:

  • Paper: cardboard, telephone books, hardcover books
  • Trash: food waste, bottles, glass, cans, inks, dyes, paints
  • Metals: 3-ring binders, lever-arch binders, hanging folders, large bulldog clips, license plates
  • Plastics: plastic bags and packing materials, credit cards, computer discs, CDs, DVDs, backup tapes, video tapes, transparencies, ID badges, driver’s licenses, microfiche, microfilm, x-rays
  • HAZMAT: biochemical waste, sharps, toxic substances, flammables, explosives
  • Hardware: computer, printer and photocopier parts
What types of paper documents should I consider shredding?

Anything that contains sensitive information (name, address, social security numbers, account numbers, etc.) that you no longer need, and that you want to keep out of the hands of thieves or “dumpster divers.” These documents could include old utility invoices, bank statements, medical records, credit card offers and old tax documents (older than 7 years), just to name a few.

How does Iron Mountain recycle my shredded documents?

After Iron Mountain securely destroys your paper documents, the processed materials are then transported to paper mills to be turned into pulp for recycled paper. This destruction process greatly reduces pollution, preserves landfill space and saves trees, water and even oil resources.

Where can I drop off my documents on November 9?

In front of Comerica Theatre – 400 W. Washington St – in downtown Phoenix, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please note the event works like a big drive through, and guests are asked to remain in their vehicles for safety reasons. 

Can I drop off my paper documents at other Comerica Bank locations before the event or on the day of the event?

Comerica employees are not able to accept documents for shredding from customers or other members of the public. Please attend Shred Day Phoenix to have your sensitive paper documents destroyed for free on Saturday, November 9.

Will my documents be destroyed on-site while I wait?

While we’ll make every effort to destroy the majority of the collected documents onsite with “Mobile Shredding Units,” or live shredding trucks, some of the paper documents will be loaded into secure trucks and transported to Iron Mountain’s nearby shredding plant for secure destruction and recycling. The goal of the event is to process our guests efficiently and for safety reasons, we encourage all guests to remain in their vehicles.

Can you take my cardboard boxes, too?

We cannot accept cardboard boxes. If you bring your paper documents in a cardboard box, the Iron Mountain representative will hand the box back to you after emptying its contents into the secure shredding bins.

Will representatives from the St. Mary’s Food Bank be at the event to take my donation?

Yes, volunteers from the food bank will be present to collect any donations from our guests. 

Do I have to donate food or cash in order to attend Shred Day?

A donation is not required for admission. However, we sure hope you'll consider bringing non-perishable food items, or sparing a few dollars, to help support St. Mary’s and our local community. St. Mary's Food Bank maximizes the impact of every dollar they receive. Just $1 provides 7 meals to your hungry neighbors!