NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Good riddance to bad memories.

Thursday marked the 11th annual Times Square New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Day, where visitors were invited to shred memories from the past 12 months. 

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“Today I shredded our $25,000 of debt. We paid it off in this entire year,” said Carissa Payan, of San Diego.

“Cigarettes and laziness, a little too lazy this year,” a man added.

“As a Jets fan, 5 and 11, I’ve seen too many of those and we need something new. So I’m shredding that bad season,” said Gary Winkler, of Hoboken, New Jersey.

“I shredded something I want to get rid of for 2018, which is homophobic comments from other people,” Nicholas Bausenwein, of Eatontown, New Jersey, added.

The bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the crowds, including The Naked Cowboy.

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“I’m shredding pants,” he said. “It’s kind of just a joke.”

Many people said the process is therapeutic.

“I’ve been looking forward to this day since it was first announced,” one woman said.

Some even said ‘good riddance’ to a suitcase-worth of things.

“I found stuff from like, forgive me, the 1980s. It had to go,” said Thea Constantine, of Queens. “Less is better, less is better.”

The Shred-It truck took up to four tons of stress, bad jobs, dates, and fears off everyone’s shoulders from 2017 – in the same spot where thousands will ring in new beginnings for 2018.

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