The Importance of Secure Shredding Containers

binsSecurely storing documents before they can be successfully destroyed is as important as ever when data breaches and identity theft that has become commonplace in today’s society.

Many individuals and companies are faced with tough questions when it comes to how they are securing anything with personal information on it.

Identity theft can happen anywhere. Especially in an office where documents are passed around all day, every day through an ordinary office workflow.

Some documents need to be discarded immediately because they feature personally identifiable information that can fall into the wrong hands, while some companies have document shredders at the ready. Other companies simply have too many documents to have a regular office shredder take care of the documents.

When companies have too many documents to shred in house, they use shredding bins to store the documents until a shredding company can either come out to the company and provide mobile shredding services or pick the documents up for an off site shredding service. Secure shredding bins provide a completely secure, locked place for documents to be stored.

Types of Shredding Containers

There are typically 4 different types of shredding containers:

  1. 95 Gallon Shredding Bin – this is a 95 gallon bin that looks like a trash can for companies that have a high volume of shredding on a regular basis.
    1. Dimensions: 46″H x 34″D x 26.5″W
    2. Capacity: Holds up to 350 lbs.
    3. Features:
    4. Tamper-proof locking mechanism
    5. Reinforced lid
    6. Made from high-density polyethylene plastic
    7. Paper insert slot
    8. Wheels make this unit easy to move around office
  2. 64 Gallon Shredding Bin – One step down from the 95 gallon. This shredding bin is also for a company or organization with a high volume of shredding.
    1. Dimensions: 42.25″H x 29.25″D x 22.5″W
    2. Capacity: Holds up to 225 lbs.
    3. Features:
    4. Tamper-proof locking mechanism
    5. Reinforced lid
    6. Made from high-density polyethylene plastic
    7. Paper insert slot
    8. Wheels make this unit easy to move around offic
  3. Executive Console – Typically reserved for a single office or a pod of offices, this shredding bin it typically used by multiple employees in the same area of an office.
    1. Dimensions: 35″H x 18″D x 18″W
    2. Capacity: Holds up to 100 lbs.
    3. Features:
    4. Tamper-evident lockable door
    5. PVC edging for more durable edges
    6. Convenient, front-loading drop slot leaves the entire top surface available for storage or other needs
    7. Large hinge provides superior durability and strength to the console door
  4. Personal Shredding Container – This shredding bin is typically used in a single office for a single person. Many companies will have more than one of these.
    1. Dimensions: 13.25″H x 16.75″D x 12″W
    2. Capacity: Holds up to 35 lbs.
    3. Features:
    4. Personal Shredding Container
    5. Fits perfectly under most desks and is an ideal solution for offices with limited space

What Documents Should I Put in my Locked Shredding Container?

Now that we have our shredding bins, what types of documents should you place in the bins? Companies have documents every day the come to the end of their usable life. We always recommend that there is a document retention schedule so that all documents the need to be saved are properly stored. Those documents include:

  • Personnel files
  • Tax Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Investment Documents
  • Anything with any personally identifiable information

At the end of the day shredding bins help protect sensitive information for companies and individuals until final destruction can be completed. Shred Nations provides both mobile shredding and off site shredding services both to residential and commercial customers nationwide.

If you’re looking for shredding services fill out the form on the right hand column, or give us a call at (800) 747-3365 for a free, no obligations quote for your shredding project.