Document Shredding Cost Comparison—Drop Off vs Mobile

When you’re getting ready to shred your files, there is a process you follow. First, you determine what types of documents need to be shredded, then you sift through your home or office gathering all your papers together.

Once you have everything organized, it’s time to shred—but which shredding service is the most cost effective? The answer varies based on your project, and there are factors to consider beyond the black and white cost of the service.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Shredding Service

Use the following list of top factors to consider to help choose between mobile shredding and drop off shredding services for your document shredding project:

How Much Do You Have to Shred?

The number one factor that will determine which service you choose is volume. Use this shredding calculator to help estimate how much paper you have.

  • Drop Off Shredding: Designed for smaller projects weighing 90 lbs or less (roughly 3 file boxes worth of paper).
  • Mobile Shredding: Geared towards projects of any size.

How Much Does Each Service Cost?

  • Drop Off Shredding: The price for this service will vary by location, but it’s typically around $1 per pound for drop off shredding services.
  • Mobile Shredding: The price to have a shred truck visit your location varies by location, quantity, and other factors. However, the national average is between $130-175 for a project of 1-10 boxes. If you have a larger project, the cost will be higher.

How Much Time Do You Have?

We all know time is money, so the amount of time each service will take out of your day may influence your decision.

  • Drop Off Shredding: You have to find the nearest drop off shredding location, load up your car, and drive over to drop off your documents.
  • Mobile Shredding: A shred truck comes to your location and shreds everything for you right outside your doorstep.

Can You Transport the Paper Yourself?

Depending on how many pounds of paper you have to shred, carrying and transporting your documents yourself can either be simple or strenuous.

  • Drop Off Shredding: You have to carry your documents from your office to your car, and from your car to the shredding counter.
  • Mobile Shredding: The shredding professional hauls your paperwork out to the shred truck for you.

How Flexible Is Your Schedule?

The flexibility of your schedule will impact which shredding service you choose.

  • Drop Off Shredding: No advanced scheduling is required—you can simply stop by the shredding center on your way home from work or when you find a few minutes in the day and drop off your documents.
  • Mobile Shredding: The shred truck must be scheduled in advance—anywhere from a few days in advance to a few weeks—depending on the time of year and how busy the shredding company is.

What Level of Security Do You Require?

While both drop off and mobile shredding services are completely secure, some people like to personally witness their documents get destroyed for extra peace of mind.

  • Drop Off Shredding: You drop off your documents where they will stay locked in a secure shred bin for a few days until all the items in the bin are bulk shredded.
  • Mobile Shredding: You can stand right next to the shred truck and watch your paper being dumped into the shredder and churned to bits. You also receive a certificate of destruction with this service. This provides an extra layer of security that cannot be matched by drop off.

Need a Shred Truck to Stop by Your Location?

Shred Nations partners with a nationwide network of shredding professionals to help homes and businesses find a shredding solution to meet their needs no matter their location.

Use our drop off shredding directory to find a drop off shredding center near you, call us at (800) 747-3365 to have a mobile shredding truck stop by your location and shred your files on site. We look forward to helping you keep your confidential documents safe.