Box of Documents to Purge Shred

Have a large volume of paperwork to shred? Performing spring cleaning, or clearing out a large storage closet? Purge shredding services are convenient, cost effective, and a simple solution for when you have dozens of pounds of old paperwork to throw out that contains private information.

Watch this video or read through the transcript below to learn more about the benefits of a document shredding purge service.

Video Transcript

Purge Shredding Defined

Purge shredding is used as a one-time event for shredding documents in bulk.

Trucks equipped with industrial shredders come to the location, and because they can handle thousands of pounds per hour, massive purge shredding projects become a 5 minute process.

When to Purge Shred

There are three situations where purge shredding is ideal:

    • There’s a large volume of documents past their retention time
    • There isn’t a need or desire for ongoing business shredding services
    • Individuals want a one-time clean-out of personal documents and files

While purges are often used as an annual spring cleaning for files, a purge can also be requested at any time.

How Purge Shredding Works

When businesses and individuals are in need of a one-time clean out, purge shredding projects help to destroy large amounts of documents securely, quickly, and cost efficiently.

Primary Purge Options

Purge Shredding ServicesMobile and offsite shredding are the two primary services used to handle purge shredding.

With either a mobile truck to come and shred on-site or to pick up containers for shredding at an offsite facility, mobile and offsite purge shredding comes with several advantages:

    • Cost
    • Speed
    • Security
    • Sustainability

Cost-Efficient Document Destruction


Mobile shredding is ideal for any amount of shredding up to 300 lbs (3 – 10 copy paper boxes).

For a flat fee of roughly $100, a mobile truck comes to your location to shred onsite while you watch.


Offsite shredding is ideal for purge projects of 300+ lbs (10+ copy paper boxes).

Because trucks don’t stay onsite, the shredding price per box for offsite is slightly lower, making it cheaper as projects get larger.

Purge Shredding is Fast

Shredding Large Amounts in Little Time

Purge shredding projects often involve shredding hundreds of pounds of paper.

While self-shredding these could take hundreds of hours, mobile and offsite use industrial shredders that can chew through over 1,000+ lbs of paper per hour.

Purging Securely

Because the main purpose of shredding is security, multiple steps are taken to ensure purge shredding projects stay secure.

A primary security benefit is providing certificates of destruction. A certificate of destruction includes all security details of the shredding project, including:

    • Chain of custody
    • Destruction witnesses
    • Date and location
    • Serialized transaction number for audit trails

Sustainable Shredding

The final step in both mobile and offsite is recycling paper shreds.

Although most recycling facilities don’t accept shreds, many partner with shredders who bring in enough to exclusively recycle them for later reuse and new purges in the future.

Impact of Recycling Paper Shreds

Need a One-Time Shredding Purge?

Join Apple, Amazon, and range of other companies we’ve helped find large-scale shredding options. 

Shred Nations has a network of trusted shredding partners across the country who are ready to safely shred your documents. Whether you have a few pounds or 1,000 pounds, our partners are equipped to handle your job.

Call us at (800) 747-3365 or fill out the form on the right for a free quote on shredding services in your neighborhood.