Pricing for document destruction greatly varies. Which service you choose for your project, and other factors such as volume of shredding and your location can drastically change the price.
Types of Services
Mobile shredding services are designed for people who are willing to pay a little more for effortless, witnessed document destruction. For any amount of paperwork up to 300 pounds (ideally 3-10 copy paper boxes), a truck comes to your home or office and shreds your paper while you watch. Witnessing the shredding helps to alleviate any worry of destruction, as well as compliance reasons.
The cost for mobile shredding can vary from $75–$250 depending on the area you are in and how much shredding you have. If you are on the lower end of 3-10 boxes, you can ask a friend, neighbor or other business to join you and share the cost.
Off site shredding services offer the convenience of mobile shredding with a lower price tag. Designed for larger amounts of shredding (over 300 pounds), a truck will come to your location to pick up your materials and transport them to an off-site facility to be shredded later. While you don’t get to see your materials destroyed, you’re provided a formal certificate of destruction once the job is completed.
Drop off shredding is ideal for people who want an inexpensive, schedule-free alternative service. You go to drop off your boxes of paper to be shredded at a retail location rather than providers coming to you, which lowers the cost and allows you to go anytime you want.
The national average for drop off shredding is $1 per pound, and since one copy paper box full of papers usually weighs about 30 pounds, drop off shredding is a good choice for shredding projects up to 100 pounds. There isn’t an opportunity to witness your papers being shredded with drop off services, but you receive a certificate of destruction.
Similar to drop off shredding, our Ship ‘N’ Shred services charge by the pound. The cost is approximately $30 for a 30 pound box of paper, but a bulk discount begins at $45 for a 65 pound box of paper. Ship ‘N’ Shred can be customized depending on whether you want to drop off your materials at a shipping location or schedule a FedEx truck to pick up your boxes from the comfort of your own home or office.
Again, while you’re unable to personally watch your documents destroyed, you can still get a certificate of destruction.
On average, hard drive destruction costs anywhere from $7–$20 per hard drive depending on a multiple variables. When the quantity of hard drives to be destroyed goes up, the price per drive will go down. These prices can also be subject to a minimum fee or trip charge, which will only grow the farther away your location is.
Please take note: All of the prices listed vary based on your location, who you choose for your project, and some of the factors listed below. Be sure to contact us or fill out our form to get an accurate price for your project.
Some Main Factors That Could Affect the Price of Your Project:
Drop off services charge by the pound, while mobile shredding or off site shredding companies frequently have flat costs for their services. With hard drive shredding, the cost per hard drive decreases as the total number of hard drives increases.
The service that fits you best depends on how much you need to shred. As that number increases, it usually makes more sense to use a mobile or off site shredding company rather than dropping your documents off at a retail location.
Where Are You Located?
Proximity to professional shredding companies located in your area also factors in to the price of your project. Mobile and off site shredding companies that come to you factor in the distance they have to travel into your quote, so if you live on the outskirts of town those services might cost a little more than if you’re in the heart of a metro area.
Are There Any Extra Steps That Need to Be Considered?
Any additional steps to the process affect the price of your project. Be sure to provide any additional requirements with your quote request to make sure you get as accurate a quote as possible. For example gathering bins from multiple locations or having the driver travel up a flight of stairs could increase the price.
Have More Questions? Give Us a Call
If you have any more questions on the cost of your next shredding project, or simply would like to get a free, no-obligation quote, simply give Shred Nations a call at (800) 747-3365, fill out the form, or contact us directly using our live chat. In just minutes, you will receive free, customized quotes from local document shredding services.