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Document Destruction:  What should I Shred?


Why do I need to shred my documents?

“Dumpster diving,” or rifling through trash cans for personal information, is a tactic used by identity thieves. You are taking a terrible risk if you don’t shred sensitive material.  (Click here for a list of documents you should get shredded)

I have a home paper shredding machine in my office. Why should I use a paper shredding service?

Purchasing a paper shredder for light use at home is a great idea.  If you Invest in a shredder for your home or office, make sure you get one that “cross cuts” (slices in two directions), and destroy all sensitive information including bank and credit card statements you no longer need, carbon-copy charge receipts with your account information, insurance forms, physician bills, etc. If your shredder can’t handle plastic, you can use scissors to cut up expired credit and identification cards before discarding them.

While home paper shredding machines are great for taking care of a few pieces of mail each day, they simply aren't built to handle more than that.  The average home paper shredder can shred 8-12 papers at a time for approximately 2 minutes (Followed by a 15 minute cool down period).  Any more use than that will cause them to malfunction or break.

Ok, I've decided it's not worth it for me to shred my box of documents.  Will you shred just a few boxes?

For larger jobs (More than just a few pieces of mail), consider hiring a commercial shredding company like Discount Shred.  A standard banker box full of documents (approximately 2000 pages) that would take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours for you to shred yourself can be shredded by us in 20 seconds without having the hassle of removing staples or paperclips.

Our average rate per box generally falls somewhere between $5-$7 per box for shredding.  For that price, it makes complete sense to let us shred your papers.  We are happy to service any customer, no matter the size of the job

Files and Records

  • Account records

  • Audits

  • Bank statements

  • Competitive information

  • Computer records

  • Contracts

  • Correspondence

  • Diligence files

  • Fax machine ribbons

  • Financial records

  • Insurance records

  • Intellectual property records

  • Internal memos

  • Invoices

  • Legal documents

  • Market research

  • Marketing material

  • Obsolete contracts

  • Official notices

  • Payroll records

  • Personnel files

  • Phone records

  • Planning documents

  • Price lists

  • Purchase receipts

  • Sales forecasts

  • Tax records

  • Training information

  • X-rays

Personal information

  • Addresses

  • ATM receipts

  • Bank account information

  • Bank statement

  • Brokerage account information

  • Cancelled & voided checks

  • Credit & debit card numbers

  • Credit reports and histories

  • Drivers’ license numbers

  • Employee pay stubs

  • Employment records

  • Insurance policy data

  • Investment documents

  • Medical and dental records

  • Passport number

  • Resumes

  • Social Security number

  • Telephone number

  • Tax forms

  • Travel itineraries

  • Used airline tickets

Client Data Addresses

  • Business plans

  • Cancelled checks

  • Credit card numbers

  • Executive correspondence

  • New product information

  • Obsolete collateral

  • Photographs

  • Presentations

  • Price/inventory lists

  • Proposals and quotes

  • Proprietary documents

  • Receipts/invoices

  • R&D files/data


Non-Document Destruction

  • CD-ROMs/CD-Rs/DVDs

  • Computer Backups

  • Microfiche

  • X-Rays

  • Videotapes

  • Cassette Tapes

  • Casino Chips

  • Product Samples

  • Prototypes

  • Uniforms

Here is a list of documents you should shred that contain sensitive information 

What should I Shred




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