Rubber Bands are short lengths of rubber and latex which are elastic in nature and formed in the shape of a circle. They are commonly used to hold multiple objects together. Objects like piles of paper that you ultimately place into the shred pile.
Should you remove those rubber bands before shredding your documents?
It is possible that rubber bands will cause problems with personal shredders. They aren't normally designed to handle more than about 6 or 8 pieces of paper at a time, much less a rubber bad on top of it.
It has been theorized that a pliable rubber material that stretches and could twine around the shredding knives has a chance of twisting around the inner workings of a shred truck.
The truth of the matter is that this is a complete myth and that the sheer torque created by the shredding device of a shredding service has enough power to handle several hundred pieces of paper at a time, on top of fasteners and clips. Document destruction services have such high tech shredding knives that rubber bands, staples, or even paper clips don't trip up the shredding system.
Only things like 3-ring binders and binder clips should be removed from paper heading to the documents destruction service.