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Having trouble deciding which shredding service is right for you? This quick guide covers several types of shredding services, including how they work and how much they cost.

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Mobile Shredding

With mobile shredding, trucks equipped with shredders come to homes and businesses to shred documents on site.

Mobile shredding services are ideal for any amount of paperwork up to 300 lbs (3-10 document boxes), and on average mobile costs $100.

How Mobile Shredding Works

    1. Shredding trucks arrive at your requested time and location to shred everything in the bins.
    2. Locking shred bins are provided to collect your documents for shredding.
    3. You receive a certificate of destruction for proof of FACTA and HIPAA compliance.

How Mobile Shredding Works

Off Site Shredding

Offsite shredding also offers the convenience of not having to leave the home or office.

A truck comes to your location to pick up documents instead of shredding on site, saving time and providing the most economical price for large-scale shredding

For a similar 10 box, 300 lb shredding project, the average cost of off site shredding is $65-75.

How Off Site Works

    1. Locking shred bins are provided to collect your documents for shredding.
    2. Trucks come to your location to pick up and transport your documents.
    3. Documents are shredded and then recycled at an off site facility.
    4. You receive a certificate of destruction for your records.

How Off Site Shredding Works

Ship ‘N’ Shred

Ship ‘n’ Shred is made for small-scale shredding projects (1-3 boxes) and is as simple as it sounds.

For around $32 per box, Ship ‘n’ Shred services send a FedEx truck to your home or office to pick up your boxed materials and transport them to a secure shredding plant for destruction.

How Ship ‘N’ Shred Gives Back

    • Convenient: in addition to the benefit of having the service come to you, Ship ‘n’ Shred can be scheduled and tracked online and you’re emailed a Certificate of Destruction
    • Security: destruction is done at HIPAA and FACTA compliant off site shredding facilities and a Certificate of Destruction is provided with the security details
    • Cost: unlike a large-scale project with flat costs, Ship ‘n’ Shred pricing is based on paper quantity, meaning you pay only for what you need to shred

Drop Off Shredding

Like Ship ‘n’ Shred, drop off shredding is best for projects between 1-3 boxes, but because there’s no pickup involved it’s less expensive.

On average a drop off shredding location charges $1 per pound, meaning if you have one box of paper (roughly 30 lbs) it would cost $30 to shred your documents.

How Drop Off Works

    1. You’re given a locking shred container to store what you’re dropping off
    2. Your materials are weighed and a price is given based on the location’s pricing per pound
    3. Trucks make regular stops to collect and transport dropped off containers to a shredding facility
    4. Papers are co-mingled with other materials before being shredded and recycled

How Drop Off Shredding Works

Potential Cost Factors

For the most part, the cost of shredding services themselves don’t change.

If there are other outside factors to consider though, these can impact the final price.

Of these considerations, the most important to keep in mind when planning your project are material quantity and your location.

How Much Do You Have to Shred?

Factors that determine shredding service price

While drop off and Ship ‘N’ Shred costs scale with paper weight, mobile and off site costs don’t change.

When looking to find the most cost-efficient shredding strategy, it’s important to consider how much you have to shred.

Since mobile is $100, drop off shredding is cheapest if you have less than 100 lbs. On the other hand if you have 250 lbs, drop off would cost $250 while mobile shredding would still be $100.

Where are You Located?

Besides quantity, proximity to a shredding provider is also a cost factor.

Pricing for pickup services takes into account the distance traveled, meaning that services could be slightly more expensive for those living in city outskirts or rural areas.

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