Identity theft – Bulk document shredding?

For my household accounts (medical, banking statements, etc.), I keep a file of the most recent stuff. Every few years, I clean out the file cabinet, and place the old stuff in a box and label it with the latest date of the contents.

The problem is, I have a closet full of boxes of this stuff that I’d like to get rid of. They still have active accounts, and SS numbers etc. Throwing these in the trash presents a risk of identity theft.

I tried shredding, but with a small household shredder, it takes forever.

I don’t want to hire a commercial service – I’m not a business and don’t want to pay the $

I thought of getting an old steel drum and having a "bonfire" but I don’t think the city would be too happy.

Any ideas are welcome.

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