There are several ways to measure the amount of documents you have:

  • By the pound
  • By the number of  banker’s boxes or file boxes you have
  • How many sheets of paper per inch you have in a filing cabinet or on a shelf.

We’ll usually start by asking you how many boxes (or trash bags) you have to shred, so here’s some more specific information on how you get to that number.

How much paper can fit in a standard banker’s box or copy box?

Here are the dimensions and capacity for a standard banker/copy box: 12.5′”W x 15.5′”D x 10.5′”H

Depending on the type of paper and the amount of file folders that you have in each box, you can fit approximately 2000 to 2500 sheets of paper, which equates to about 30-35 pounds of paper.

How much paper can fit in a large file box?

Here’s the dimensions and capacity for a large file box: 15′”W x 24′”D x 10.5′”H

Depending on the type of paper and the amount of file folders that you have in each box, you can fit approximately 4000 to 4500 sheets of paper, which equates to about 50-60 pounds of paper.

How to measure your documents per inch:

The number of documents per inch on a shelf or in a filing cabinet really depends on how tightly packed the papers are.  On average, you can figure that you’ll have around 150 to 200 sheets per inch of space on your shelf or in your cabinet.

To figure out how many boxes of documents you have, think about this:

If your documents aren’t packed tightly and you have 150 sheets per inch, then you need one standard banker’s box for every 13” to 16” of space on your shelves (round it down to a foot to make it easier).

If you can’t fit one more piece of paper on your shelf, you’re probably closer to 200 sheets per inch.  In that case, you’ll need one standard banker’s box for every 10” to 12” of space on your shelves.

Although this is an approximate number, it will give you an idea of how many boxes you have to shred, and we can provide you with a more accurate quote.