While major companies like FedEx and Office Depot have low cost, in-store shredding services, free shredding is often offered through private companies or local governments. The city of Houston holds free mobile shredding events around the city for residents who want to destroy confidential paper documents.
The City of Houston's program operates on a first come, first serve schedule. In the event that the capacity is reached before documents have been shredded, the mobile unit offers alternative means to securely destroy documents.
A private Texas firm, Shredding Documents, has a free shredding service during certain hours during the week. Customers can bring in their documents and watch while they are destroyed, according to VanishDocuments.com.