Comparing How Much the Different Shredding Services CostPricing for your project depends on which service you choose and other factors such as volume of shredding and your location.

Types of Services

Mobile Shredding

Mobile shredding services are perfect for any amount of paperwork up to 300 pounds (ideally 3-10 copy paper boxes). The truck comes to your home or office and shreds your paper while you watch in order to help prevent identity theft.

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 have more than three boxes but nowhere near ten, you can ask a friend, neighbor or other business to join you and share the cost.

Off Site Shredding

Off site shredding services might be used for larger amounts of shredding (over 300 pounds) with the convenience of not having to leave your home or office. A truck will come to your location to pick up your materials and transport them to an off-site facility to be shredded later, and like with mobile shredding you’re provided a formal certificate of destruction once it is completed.

Drop Off Paper Shredding

Drop off shredding is a convenient, schedule-free alternative where you go to drop off your boxes of papers to be shredded at a retail location rather than providers coming to you.

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 often an ideal choice for shredding projects up to 100 pounds. There isn’t an opportunity to witness your papers being shredded with drop off services.

Ship ‘N’ Shred

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 and $45 for a 65 pound box of paper. You can take them to a shipping location or have them picked up from your location and shipped off to be destroyed.

Again, while you’re unable to personally watch your documents destroyed you can still get a certificate of destruction.

Hard Drive Shredding

On average, hard drive destruction costs anywhere from $7–$20 per hard drive. When quantity goes up, price per drive will go down. These prices can also be subject to a minimum fee or trip charge.

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:

Other factors affect final shredding pricesHow Much Do You Have to Shred?

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 right away, 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.