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Shredding Carts & Containers: What Can Go Inside & What Can Not

Know best practices to make the most of your American Shredding Bins, Carts & Containers

Businesses today are very aware of the need to recycle while keeping their sensitive information safe and secure. Many do this by using tamper-proof shred carts, bins, and containers. Not only does this ensure that company secrets are safe, but they can rest knowing that their papers are properly destroyed, recycled and off the streets where identity thieves and more are prowling.

However, most organizations have a lot more than paper documents to securely dispose of. Many have e-waste with electronics, thumb drives, hard drives and more. So, what can go into shred containers and what can’t?

Here's what you need to know about what can and can’t go in an American Shredding container.

What Can Go in Secure Shredding Containers

Generally, if you have sensitive work information printed out on any sort of paper, it can be thrown in our containers for safe disposal and recycling. This includes client files, contact lists, financial reports, employee records, filled out applications, strategy development plans and any documents containing private correspondence. Most paper-based items are safe for the containers, and you don’t even have to worry about separating items that have been stapled or clipped together. Even small metal items like paper clips can also be thrown in!

All you have to do is toss papers in and the rest is on us…. we securely shred, recycle, and dispose it all….and do it while helping save the planet.

What Cannot Go in Secure Shredding Containers

Electronics cannot go into shred containers due to a variety of risks involved. For example, many electronic items such as laptops, smart phones and more use lithium batteries, which are highly flammable and can result in a fire. In fact, between 2016 and 2019 there was a 26% increase in the number of fires at waste facilities across the U.S. and Canada thanks to these discarded devices. Unfortunately, companies try to secure their electronics by tossing them in with their paper products. If placed in a tamper-proof container, these batteries risk overheating, catching fire, or exploding.

Office supplies and other miscellaneous items such as syringes, glass, cans, cardboard tubes, ink cartridges and toners, hanging folders, nuts and bolts, office supplies like hole punchers and staple removers, and even food can all be harmful or damaging when thrown in a shred container.

To prevent this, we recommend using services that can dispose of these items properly. American Shredding offers specialized services to safely dispose of hard drives and electronics, while providing shred carts, bins, and consoles for all your paper needs.

You can also contact us for a free quote, to order our shred carts, bins and consoles, or to learn more.


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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