Shredding your sensitive files is essential to protecting your data. A shredding service can help to eliminate worry and get rid of sensitive documents fast; however, not all services are the same. But how can you determine which place is actually the cheapest option to shred your documents?
This article compares drop off shredding services and mobile document shredding services to help you understand which service best meets your needs. We include information regarding the volume of documents you have, what your security requirements are, and how much you are willing to pay. Watch the video or read the transcript below to learn more.
Finding the Cheapest Place to Shred Your Documents
There are several different ways to shred, and finding the cheapest way to get rid of your documents depends on your individual project needs and goals.
For example, if you’re someone who constantly has documents to shred, saving up paper for a mobile shredding solution can be a good option for you to save money and time.
If you don’t expect to have 90 pounds of paper anytime soon, the cheapest place to shred your documents will likely be a nearby drop-off location.
Which Place Offers the Cheapest Way to Shred Documents? Drop Off Vs. Mobile Shredding
Drop Off Shredding
Drop off (walk-in) is ideal for shredding projects under 90 lbs. Typically, drop off shredding locations can take up to three bankers boxes worth of paper and charge by the pound. The price differs by location, but can be as cheap as $1/lb.
Mobile shredding is geared for larger shredding projects. The national average cost for a mobile service is around $130 for a project up to 120 lbs. If you have a larger project, the pricing will be higher.
Drop Off vs Mobile Advantages
|Drop Off Advantages||Mobile Advantages|
|There’s always a drop off location nearby with over 6,000 locations in UPS and other packaging stores throughout the US||Mobile conveniently comes to you—instead of taking papers in or shredding yourself, shredding trucks can come to save you time|
|No scheduling is required—like the names implies, you can drop in on your schedule, and it’s fast enough to be only a 5 minute stop||You witness shredding when it’s done onsite—whether for legal needs or personal assurance, mobile shredding is the most secure option|
|You pay only for what you shred rather than flat pricing—when you don’t have too much to shred, you won’t be paying much either||Costs don’t scale with the size of the shredding project.|
|Drop off prioritizes security—while you don’t see the actual shredding, you drop off your papers in locked shred bins||Mobile shredding’s securities make it ideal for negotiable instruments like blank checks, certificates, and promissory notes|
Calculating Paper Quantity
|Type of Container||Container Size||Amount of Paper|
|File Cabinets||Vertical File Cabinet 24” Drawer||1 box (30 lbs) per drawer|
|Horizontal File Cabinet 30” Drawer||2 boxes (60 lbs) per drawer|
|Bags||Black Plastic Yard/Leaf Bag||1 box (30 lbs)|
|Tall White Kitchen Bag||1 box (30 lbs)|
|File Boxes||Letter/Legal Box (15” x 12” x 10”)||30 lbs|
|Large Letter Box (24” x 12” x 10”)||60 lbs|
|Large Legal Box (24” x 15” x 10”)||90 lbs|
|Pallets||4 Rows High (4 ft)||50 boxes (1,500 lbs)|
|5 Rows High (5 ft)||60 boxes (1,800 lbs)|
|6 Rows High (6 ft)||72 boxes (2,160 lbs)|
|Bins||64 Gallon Bin||7 boxes (210 lbs)|
|95 Gallon Bin||10 boxes (300 lbs)|
The Cheapest Option: Finding the Intersection
The crossroads between scaling price of drop off to match paper weight becomes a disadvantage. Drop off shredding prices continue to rise as quantity goes up. However, mobile services are a flat rate. If you have more than 90 lbs, mobile shredding quickly becomes the cheapest way to shred documents.
Around the 90lb mark is where the prices tend to be about the same. However, as you go lower, a local drop off location, which you can find at this link, becomes the cheapest place to shred documents. As the amount of paper gets higher, a mobile shredding service quickly becomes a cheaper way to shred your documents.
Ready to Get Started?
Have you decided on the best solution for your project? We partner with trusted document destruction providers across the nation, and work hard to help you find the right solution for your shredding needs.
Find nearby drop off shredding locations with our store locator, fill out the form on the right for free quotes on mobile shredding services in your area, or give us a call at (800) 747-3365.