A Guide to Using a Secure Shredding Service
If you’re a business or even a homeowner, you likely collect a lot of paper over the course of time. Maybe you have been thinking about getting a professional company to do a shredding service for you. Well, this is a guide to help you find out what you or your business needs out of a shredding service. We will touch on why you should choose a shredding service, the different types of them, what to shred, and even the shredding process.
Why Choose a Shredding Service
Many perks come along with going with a shredding service. These are because of the companies that perform the shredding for you. The first perk is security. These companies are trained in protecting your data and will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction, so you can prove that your documents were shredded securely. The second perk is that you are saving money and time that could be spent elsewhere. Lastly, when you work with a shredding company, after shredding your documents or hard drives, everything is brought to a certified recycling center where the shredded bits can be turned into other products—helping save the environment while keeping your sensitive data secure.
Choosing the Right Type of Shredding Service
There are a bunch of different shredding services available for you to choose from. Let’s go through them together so you can make an informed decision on which one you need.
Scheduled or On-Going Shredding
A Scheduled or Ongoing shredding service is for a company that needs a regular shredding service. They will often place secure bins or consoles around your workplace, which makes it easy for you as well as the shredding company you choose.
All you have to do is put your documents in that bin or console. Then when your scheduled shredding day arrives, the shredding team will collect your bins and consoles and load the documents inside them right into their mobile shredding truck to either shred them right there or to take them to a secure off-site site to do the shredding there.
An Off-Site shredding service is when a company comes to your office to collect the documents you want shredded, and then they take them back to a secure shredding site where they do all the shredding there.
A Mobile shredding service is when a company comes to your office and collects your documents, and then they take them to the mobile shredding truck and shred them right there at the office or your residential home.
Hard Drive Destruction
Hard drive destruction is when a company or even a homeowner has hard drives that need to be destroyed. Doing this is the best way to keep your data safe.
One-Time or Purge Shredding
One-Time shredding or also known as purge shredding, is when you have a pile of documents at your office or home that need to be shredded. This is a one-time service, as the name states, so they come just once to shred. If you need more than one time, then you are looking for scheduled shredding or ongoing shredding.
What to Shred
When it comes to shredding, you need to shred anything that has personal or confidential information on it. Now, there are many different documents you should shred and here are some examples to give you an idea of what you need to shred.
- ATM receipts
- Bank Statements
- Cancelled or voided check
- Credit card bills, summaries and receipts
- Old credit cards
- A document containing passwords or PINs numbers
- Driver licenses or items with a driver license number
- Employee pay stubs
- Expired passports and visas
- Legal documents
- Medical and dental records
- Paper with a social security number
- Tax forms
Once it’s time for your shredding appointment, the shredding mobile truck will arrive right on time at the location you requested. Next, our uniformed employee will greet you and assess the number of documents you need shredded. The papers are then transferred to a secure bin for travel to the shredding truck. The bin is loaded onto the truck for off-site shredding or shredded right then and there. You can even watch them being shredded. Then once the shredding is completed, you are provided with a Certificate of Destruction. And the shredded material is brought to a facility to be sorted for recycling and disposal.
If you have any questions about our shredding services, please contact us, and we would be happy to answer any questions and help you get started.