What is a Certificate of Destruction?


The destruction of anything that contains confidential information is an important factor in the future of your business. One small mistake could lead to a world of consequences that will decide the fate of your company. So how can you be sure that this information is never seen again?

shredded paperDepending on the specific needs of your business, there are many different options to choose from to destroy your documents. Whether you choose to bring everything to one of Shred Nations’ secure drop off locations, you prefer the convenience of a mobile shredding service, or you need the stamina of an industrial-size shredding machine at a secure offsite facility, it is important for you to be confident in the adequate destruction of your information.

With a mobile shredding service, you have the ability to see your documents or devices being shredded at your location, right before your eyes. This is an extra level of security compared to other services, but even this is not sufficient in assuring that you and your clients’ information is safe.

To ensure the proper destruction of your confidential information, you should make sure that the company performing your services will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction so as to protect you in any legal matters.


Providing Secure Shredding Services


Trusting that the company performing your shredding services will maintain the appropriate security measures is a necessary factor in deciding which company to choose. At Shred Nations, our contractors are required to abide by all applicable federal and state data destruction laws. Some have even obtained a NAID AAA Certification, which upholds even stricter guidelines.

Having faith in your shredding company is not the only form of security you will have to rely on. After every shredding service performed, you will receive a Certificate of Destruction. This document provides the details of your service, including basic details such as date, location, amount, and type of materials that were destroyed. The certificate also describes more in-depth information about your shredding service:

  • certificate of destructionA transaction code that can be used to reference each specific service
  • The Transfer of Custody of the materials being destroyed from the client to the contractor
  • A reference to the terms and conditions of both companies regarding their destruction processes
  • Any witnesses to the destruction

The more details that are included, the better off you are. If there were ever any question related to the security of your shredding services, the Certificate of Destruction serves as physical, detailed evidence of the proper destruction of your confidential materials. So even if you were sued or audited, this certificate will keep you protected.

Before leaving the fate of your confidential information in someone else’s hands, make sure that you are working with a company that you can trust and will provide you with the adequate proof of your shredding service.


Contact Us for Your Free Quote on Shredding Services Today!

If you’re interested in a shredding service but aren’t sure where to start, you’re already in the right place. Shred Nations is dedicated to providing secure data destruction services to individuals and businesses across the nation. Simply fill out the form to the right, or give us a call at (800) 747-3365.

Within minutes, our experts will contact you with answers to your questions and get you connected with contractors in your area that will work quickly to schedule and complete your shredding project.