Answers to common questions about destruction services.

 

Q: We don’t have anything that’s very confidential. Why would we need a shredding service?

A: All businesses have occasion to discard data. Customer lists, price lists, sales statistics, drafts of bids and correspondence, and even memos contain information about business activity, which would interest any competitor. Every business is also entrusted with information that must be kept private and protected. Such as employee and customer records.


Q: What kind of paper can we put in your containers?

A: We will shred any color or type of paper, including manila file folders. Paper clips, staples, and rubber bands need not be removed ahead of time. Anything with a hard metal, such as steel will need to be removed from the paper.


Q: What happens if our container is full before the regularly scheduled service time?

A: Just call us and we will schedule a date for shredding.


Q: We have files stored to be shredded, but need to sort through them. Do you have containers that we can use?

A: We can drop off as many containers as you think you will need before the shredding date, for you to use to sort your files.


Q: Do you take the shredded paper away?

A: Yes, after the paper is shredded in the mobile shredding truck, it is taken to recycling centers.


Q: Do you bring the shredder into our office?

A: No, shredding is done with a large commercial shredder permanently mounted in our truck, which will be parked in your parking lot or adjacent to your building. Shredding is done on-site, where you can watch, if you would like. This allows for total security and confidence in the destruction process.


Q: Can I keep my boxes?

A: Yes, you can keep your boxes to reuse.


Q: Do we need to have a check ready for you?

A: A check on the day of the shredding is appreciated, we can also bill you.


Q: What areas do you service?

A: Our regular service area includes the Southwest Florida Area and soon Tallahassee and Surrounding Areas.


Q: Do you have lockable containers for our use?

A: Yes, We offer a variety of containers, both lockable and unlocked to meet all of your needs.


Q: What materials should be shredded?

A: You will need to determine what documents have sensitive information on them, and if they need to be destroyed. Don’t forget the daily trash of every business contains information that could be harmful. This information is especially useful to competitors because it contains the details of current activities. Discarded daily records include phone messages, memos, misprinted forms, and drafts of bids and correspondence.


Q: When should material be shredded?

A: The period of time that business records are stored should be determined by a retention schedule that takes into consideration their useful value to the business and the governing legal requirements. No record need be kept longer than this retention period. Storage space is valuable space.


Q: Do you provide a certificate of destruction?

A: Yes, it is included with your invoice at the time of shredding.


Q: Why would I use a shredding service instead of just recycling?

A: For security, which recycling services are not designed to provide. Generally, recycling services use open collection containers, which are accessible to anyone. The employees of recycling service companies are not security-screened personnel. Your paper is transported in the trucks in whole form, so that if an accident should occur, your secrets are everyone’s. Paper is taken to the warehouses, for storage. The paper is sorted for grade quality. There is the potential of the paper being stockpiled for months.


Q: Why should I have a shredding service instead of buying my own shredder?

A: Cost, many companies have discovered that owning a shredder is not cost effective. Amortization of a shredder, labor, maintenance and disposal costs are usually much higher than expected. Not to mention the noise, mess, dust, and under utilized employee time.

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