When I switched from the nameless evil megabank to the friendly credit union, perhaps 3-4 years ago, I was left with 6 books of unused checks (about 180 checks plus deposit slips). I said to myself “Oh, I should dispose of those safely so no-one can use them to defraud someone or steal my identity.” That’s what I said to myself. I thought of shredding them, but that seemed like a lot of bother, so I set them aside until I could figure out what to do. I don’t really have a place to burn things, and that seems like more trouble than shredding.
I still have them, sitting in a neat pile in an unused corner of my desk. I have been in a straightening-up mood lately, so I would like to deal with these.
What is the risk if I just throw them out without shredding them (either landfill or the more responsible recycling)?
Alternatives to shredding or burning? I do have a small shredder that can handle maybe 6 at a time.