What is Purge Shredding?

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Purge shredding is a one-time event where an individual or business shreds a large volume of documents. This type of service contrasts an ongoing service, where shredding is required on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

When Should I Use Purge Shredding Services?

Shredding purges involve large volumes of documents, and they usually don’t occur on a regular basis. A purge is necessary when there are dozens of pounds worth of paper to shred, and it is no longer feasible to perform the shredding yourself.

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For these types of situations, shredding service providers equipped with industrial strength shredders are required. Shredding purges usually take place:

    • at end-of-year or end-of-quarter clean outs when archived business documents have expired past their retention date
    • at organizations that don’t schedule ongoing shredding services, but still want to shred once a year
    • when a family is moving or performing spring cleaning

When Does Purge Shredding Typically Happen?

Shred purges are often annual events. However, you can request a one-time shredding purge whenever you have a large amount of documents to be shredded.

While a one time purge may satisfy your shredding needs, if you find yourself regularly accumulating documents that hold sensitive information, pre-scheduled shredding services may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Pre-scheduling your shredding services allow you to plan shredding visits ahead of time so they always get done on time. However this type of service is only necessary when you regularly have large volumes of paperwork to shred.

How Can I Set Up a Purge Shredding Service?

Purge shredding projects are generally too large to complete in a typical home or office shredder. Hiring a professional shredder to shred your files for you might cost a little more than doing the shredding yourself, but you save hours of time and frustration.

Purges can take any shape or form—you can use mobile shredding services and watch as your files are destroyed, or you can request off site shredding services and have your files shredded at a secure offsite facility.

shredders you can trustIf your purge is on the smaller side, you can also make use of drop-off services. The cost typically runs at about $1/lb, making it an incredibly affordable option for smaller quantities.

How Do I Find a Secure Shredder Near Me?

When you put your private documents in someone else’s care, you need to be able to trust them. Shred Nations partners with the most secure shredding companies across the country.

Give us a call at (800) 747-3365 or fill out the form on the right, and get free quotes from shredding companies who have been trusted to handle the private documents of CBS, Ford, and Coca Cola.