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Did you know that your Hard Drives and Cell Phones contain more private information than hundreds of boxes of paper that could put you or your company at risk?


Residential Document Shredding

​​Safely managing documents in the home is just as important as protecting sensitive information at work. While the majority of documents entering your home can be thrown away, some contain critical information that should be saved. Adopting a strategy to safely dispose of unwanted papers and store important documents will prevent identity theft, fraud, and other abuses of information. Residential shredding services make it easier to destroy your confidential information with the convenience of using a professional shredder.

Shredding and hard drive destruction services secure your information, reduce clutter, and include recycling. Whether you work from home or handle typical household documents, you can benefit from professional home shredding services. Secure destruction preserves confidentiality and keeps your family’s information safe.

Tips for Personal Information Management

Maintaining a well-organized system for your personal documents can significantly reduce clutter in your home and make it easier to find the information you need when you need it. Here are some updated tips for keeping your personal information organized:

Digitize What You Can

Reducing the amount of physical paperwork in your home is more important than ever in the digital age. Here are some ways to digitize your personal documents:

  • Sign up for paperless billing with your service providers to receive bills and statements electronically.
  • Subscribe to digital versions of newspapers, magazines, and other publications instead of physical copies.
  • Use a scanner or mobile app to digitize important documents like tax returns, insurance policies, and medical records.
  • Store digital copies of your documents in a secure cloud storage service or on an external hard drive.

Shred Sensitive Documents Regularly

Physical paperwork can quickly accumulate and become disorganized, exposing you to potential identity theft. Make shredding a regular habit to safely dispose of documents you no longer need:

  • Shred credit card offers, bank statements, pay stubs, and any other documents containing personal or financial information.
  • Use a high-quality cross-cut shredder to ensure your documents are thoroughly destroyed.
  • Schedule a regular shredding session, such as once a month or once a quarter, to stay on top of paperwork.

Residential Shredding FAQs

What documents should I shred?



  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses

  • Documents containing passwords or PINs

  • Documents containing Social Security Numbers

  • Bank statements, credit card statements, and canceled or void checks

  • Medical records, insurance records, and other personal records

What electronics should I destroy?

  • Cell phones, laptops, and tablets

  • Desktop computers

  • Disk Drives, flash media, and hard drives

  • Scanners, printers, & photocopiers

How long do individuals need to keep records?


Record retention guidelines suggest keeping tax, legal, financial, and medical documents for a specific period of time. Tax returns can be audited for up to 6 years after filing, so it’s wise to keep tax records for 7 years.

Can I witness the shredding?


You can witness your shredding with our mobile shredding services.

What are purge shredding services?


Purge shredding is a one-time event for shredding documents in bulk. It’s ideal for when there’s a large number of documents past their retention time, there isn’t a need for ongoing services, or individuals just need a one-time clean-out of personal documents. Our service providers are equipped to handle any size project and can complete a purge shredding service in minutes.

Are my paper shreds recycled with your shredding services?


Yes, after your documents are shredded, the shreds will be taken to a recycling facility to be pulped and made into new paper products.

How secure is Shred Nations?


All of our service providers comply with all state and federal data privacy laws including HIPAA, FACTA, GLBA, and more. Mobile shredding is our most secure service since you get to witness the shredding, but all other services besides drop-off locations will provide a certificate of destruction. It details that the process complied with all state and federal regulations in case of an audit.

How can I calculate the size of my project?


You can use our shredding calculator to find out how much paper you have.

How do I schedule a service?


Contact us at (800) 747-3365 or fill out our form and we will help you find service providers in your area who are capable of handling your specific job size and type. We will connect you with our local partners and they will provide free, no-obligation quotes. When you choose your provider you will schedule the service with them.

What is off-site shredding?


Off-site shredding services send a large truck to your location to pick up your documents and safely haul them to a secure offsite facility for shredding. Learn more about offsite shredding.

What is a certificate of destruction?


certificate of destruction is a formal document that provides details about the destruction of your papers and ensures the shredding process complies with all state and federal security laws. It includes details such as the transaction number, chain of custody, terms and conditions, collection date, location of the destruction, and more.

What is RCRA?


The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates and requires safe destruction and management of hazardous waste. The RCRA imposes severe penalties for electronics disposal without a permit: 5 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 per violation day. For making the mistake twice, penalties double.

What is California v. Greenwood?


Ruled that garbage placed on the curb is not protected under the 4th amendment, making it legal to search through and take items from the trash. Documents containing personal information can be easily stolen this way.


What if I have a smaller project?


All of our services are equipped to handle any sized project. However, our more budget-friendly options for projects of 1-3 boxes are Ship N Shred or find a drop-off location near you.

How can I find a shred event?


Most events are held in large and public spaces. Common locations include church or school parking lots. You can look on local school and church websites to see if they have any upcoming events. Alternatively, check out Shred Nations’ event calendar.



Can I just rent or buy a shredder?


Purchasing your own shredder is an option, but depending on your needs it can be costly and time consuming. Learn more about shredding services vs. purchasing your own shredder.

See What Our Customers Are Saying

Owings Mills, MD
"Everything went well - was very quickly put in touch with a local family-owned business - and it was easy to change services."
Grand Junction, CO
"So glad to be done with the files that needed shredded."

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