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  • Writer's pictureAMERICAN SHREDDING

How Secure Is Your Shredding Provider? What You Need To Know.

Almost all shredding companies will tout how secure they are when it comes to destroying your paper and electronic devices. But what does that really mean? Does it mean that their plants are behind tall fences or that their workers are screened? Does it mean that there is no way that any of your information could be leaked? Or does it just mean that it is locked up in a building until final destruction?

Unfortunately, there are companies out there who will offer to pick up your waste for free or even pay you to drive your paper and hard drives away. BEWARE! Often these companies are not certified and will ship waste via unsecured containers to third world countries or trash barges where anyone (and believe us there are stories!) can rummage through and gather information about your company and your customers that could be harmful to your business and brand.

When it comes to American Shredding, security is top of the list. We earn certifications, pass strict inspections, and set high standards for our workers and plant locations. Read on and see why American Shredding stands above the rest!


Employee Hiring and Screening

  • Employees sign a confidentiality agreement before hire

  • Drivers meet federal and state licensing and reporting requirements

  • Employees drug screened at hire and randomly screened throughout tenure

  • Third party background checks

  • Employees pass federal background screens with finger printing and eQIP, OF306, FCRA approval

  • Drivers, helpers and processing employees wear company uniforms and photo ID badges

  • American Shredding maintains written policies for all employees

Transport and Destruction

  • Vehicles have applicable government inspections, registration, and insurance

  • Vehicles have lockable/securable cabs and lockable/securable enclosed cargo areas

  • Collection equipment remains physically secured until shredding

  • Mobile shredders crosscut paper to 5/8″ by slicing in multiple directions across its surface

  • Mobile shredders are under 24 hour GPS surveillance

  • Shredded material is secured in a locked warehouse or container until recycling

  • Media for off-site shredding is destroyed within 48 hours of receipt

Facility Security

  • Visitors sign a log with their name, time, affiliation and time-out

  • No access to our facilities allowed unless escorted by an American Shredding employee

  • Materials always physically secured from unauthorized access while awaiting destruction

  • All materials contained during collections process to prevent loss from wind and weather

  • All facilities under 24 hour video surveillance


  • R2 Certification:

American Shredding has a R2 certification for shredding and recycling hard drives and other electronic devices. R2 stands for Responsible Recycling and is a standard specifically created for the electronics recycling industry by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). SERI is the housing body and ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for the R2 Standard: Responsible Recycling Practices for Use in Accredited Certifications Programs. We do not take this certification lightly and pride ourselves on continually earning this designation.

R2 Certification is fully re-audited every three years, with shorter surveillance audits performed in the interim years. Only facilities that conform to all provisions of the standard, are current on all required audits and oversight, and have completed all necessary paperwork and payments to SERI are permitted to claim R2 Certification for electronics recycling and ITAD.

American Shredding NAID AAA Certificate

  • NAID AAA Certification

We also have a NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) AAA Certification which means a shredding company must satisfy both HIPAA & FACTA. ​ In addition, a shredding company must prove that it screens and drug tests its employees and has legitimate trucks, shredders and plants.

Finally, as they say, “seeing is believing”. And we encourage our clients to view (whether on-site or off-site) the pickup, delivery, and destruction for themselves. We have nothing to hide and maintain complete transparency from our workers to our plants.

So, if you need a shredding company that thrives on security— you can count on American Shredding.

Contact us today to get started!


American Shredding offers shredding and recycling services to help you protect your product brand and do your part to protect the planet. We can shred on-site at your location or off-site at our secure plant.

Contact us for fast scheduling, friendly staff, 100% recycling and low prices. We offer services in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Washington states. See our list of cities here.

Need help with a recycling plan? Get a quote today!

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