You can never know too much about document shredding best practices. In this blog, we’ve collected paper shredding questions from current and prospective customers and provided our answers. Read on to learn how to improve your document shredding program.
Q: What should I shred?
A: Shred every unwanted document that has personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI). Thieves can exploit even small, seemingly-insignificant tidbits of data to steal someone’s identity and finances. So, if in doubt, don’t throw it out—shred instead.
Q: What’s the difference between off-site and on-site shredding?
A: On-site shredding takes place at your business in real time. Companies that offer off-site shredding pick up your documents and transport them to a shredding plant, where they could sit for days or weeks before shredding. And there’s no telling what could happen to your confidential information while it’s en route to the shredding facility. On-site shredding doesn’t have the same risks. Your documents are shredded in a few minutes while you watch. As a result, on-site shredding offers a much more thorough and secure identity theft and business fraud prevention solution.
Q: Is a shredding service expensive?
A: A shredding service is very cost effective, especially compared to in-house shredding. A shredding service eliminates having to buy shredders and using valuable employees to shred documents and deal with breakdowns. Instead, for a low fee, a shredding service gives you a secure and reliable document destruction solution.
Q: How do I prepare my documents for professional shredding?
A: You don’t need to. Unlike in-house shredding, where staples and paperclips must be removed from documents, with a shredding service you deposit your files into a shredding collection container. The industrial-grade shredders on an on-site mobile destruction truck even destroy non-paper items. The bottom line is, professional shredding saves time and keeps you productive.
Q: What qualifications does someone need to shred my documents?
A: The person shredding your documents should be screened, certified, insured, and wear an identification badge. They should always handle your documents within a strict chain of custody. With the right shredding company only the most qualified, trustworthy people shred your documents.
Q: Do shredding companies provide proof of shredding?
A: Shredding companies should offer proof of shredding to their customers, but not all do. Only partner with a shredding company who offers a Certificate of Destruction after every service.
Q: Are professionally-shredded documents recycled?
A: Yes. After your documents are shredded, the shreds are transported to a paper mill for reprocessing and production into new packaging, office paper, tissue, newsprint, and a multitude of other paper products.
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Land Shark Shredding offers NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction services in Bowling Green and throughout southwest Kentucky. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.