Preparing Documents For Shredding



preparing for shreddingAre you getting ready for your first visit from a shredding service? Relax. We do all of the hard work for you. With a bit of planning everything will go smoothly.

If you prefer to take on more of the work yourself to reduce the costs that is also an option. You can also determine how much of the work you would like to do and what you would like us to do.

The most important thing to remember is that once a document is shredded it can’t be put back together. So the first step is preparing your documents for shredding is to know what documents are past their retention schedule.

The best way to do this is to have a retention date stamped on every document. This should be done when every record is put into storage. Even better is to sort them by box. It is easy to read on the outside of the box which ones to pull and what to save.

A mobile shredding truck will destroy your paper faster than you can imagine. We feed it with 64 gallon trash bins. If you want to compare it to an office paper shredder the throughput is roughly 17,500 sheets at a time. This is why we charge by the job and not by the minute. Some people with slow shredders like to charge by time because they can’t compete with better equipment.

Usually the slowest part of the job is the collection of the paper. If we can limit this time we can limit your price. We are happy to go down stairs or to pull boxes off shelves but this will increase the cost of your shredding. For the lowest price have them ready to go on the main floor.

If you want to know if it’s worth the effort of your staff moving boxes just describe your situation and we will quote you for each part of the job. We will do the job you want done, not the job we want.  Industrial shredders have no problem with standard fasteners so there is no need to remove staples, paper clips, or even binder clips.

The last thing to remember is the weather. Our drivers will be ready snow or shine but if you want to watch at the truck then wear the right shoes. Watching tons of paper turn to shreds is fun and we don’t want it ruined for you with a sunburn.

If you need reliable shredding service, Shred Nations can help!  We can come to you and do your shredding on site, you can have us pick it up, you can ship it out to a secure location, or we can help you find a drop-off location that can do smaller projects for you.  If you have a project or if you have any questions, fill out the form to the right, or give us a call at (800) 747-3365.