Every home collects old tax documents, receipts, bills, and other miscellaneous files over time that contain personal information. If you only have a few files, shredding them yourself is an excellent way to dispose of your clutter while keeping your information safe.
However, if you have piles or even boxes worth of documents that need to be shredded tucked away in your closets, shredding them yourself may be too inconvenient. Fortunately home shredding services offer affordable, secure, and convenient options for shredding small volumes of paperwork.
Simplifying Shredding Using Home Services
When it comes to home shredding there are multiple shredding options, each designed to handle specific project sizes.
For smaller shredding projects (1-3 boxes, or 100 lbs) there are ship ‘n’ shred or drop off services as quick and easy options.
For larger projects (between 3-10 boxes, or 100-300 lbs) a mobile shredding truck can come to your home and shred all your documents while you watch.
For purge shredding projects that are particularly large, pickup services are available to collect your documents and transport them to be shredded at an offsite facility.
Option 1: Ship ‘N’ Shred for Small-Scale Shredding
Ship ‘n’ shred services are tailored for small home shredding projects, and are designed to maximize convenience, security, and cost-efficiency.
Ship ‘n’ shred is as simple as filling up a box with your papers and scheduling a pick-up time online.
The ship ‘n’ shred provider comes to your home to collect the boxed materials, you’re able to track your boxes throughout the process, and you can access and download a certificate of destruction.
Like other off site shredding services, when documents are picked up they’re taken to a secure shredding facility for destruction.
All shredding is done in compliance with industry laws and standards such as HIPAA and FACTA, and you’re provided a certificate of destruction as a receipt to prove a secure process.
Ship ‘n’ shred is priced by the box, meaning the less you have to shred, the less your service will cost.
On the other hand, shredding services geared for large-scale projects typically have a flat service price no matter how much paper you have.
Option 2: Mobile Shredding—Rent a Shredder to Come to You
When your shredding is complete you’re provided a certificate of destruction, detailing location, date, witnesses to the shredding, and the chain of custody.
Mobile shredders provide you with locking shred bins to store your documents in between visits. A slot at the top of the container allows you to drop in papers as needed. Bins usually hold 100-300 lbs.
With mobile shredding, a truck equipped with a built-in shredder comes to your location, dumping your shred bins into the shredder’s teeth while you witness the process from the curbside.
Option 3: Offsite Shredding—Have Your Documents Picked Up
Offsite shredding is the most cost-effective service for large-scale shredding projects (10+ boxes or 300+ lbs).
Trucks come to your location to collect your documents in locked bins before they’re transported and shredded at an offsite facility—lowering the cost slightly due to the time saved.
Initially you’re provided with secure shred bins to store the documents you plan to have shredded. Once the truck stops by to pick up your paper and has taken them to an offsite facility, you’re presented with a certificate of destruction and the paper shreds are finally recycled.
Option 4: Drop Off—Skip Scheduled Shredding
Drop off shredding is another option geared for smaller projects and one of its greatest benefits is it doesn’t require scheduling like other services.
However, the tradeoff is that like the name suggests, drop off services are located in UPS and shipping stores and, meaning you’ll need to stop in for 5-10 minutes while you’re out running errands or on the way home from work.
Drop off is as simple as walking in, giving your papers to be stored in a locked container, paying, and walking out. Cost-efficient for shredding a box or two, most locations charge around $1 per pound so you’ll pay only for what you shred.
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