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You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: Common Questions About Business Paper Recycling Needs

We often get asked the same questions about how to handle your business paper recycling needs. So, we thought we’d answer them here! 

Isn’t using a blue (recycle) bin enough?

We all agree that recycling is great for the environment, but it leaves documents exposed to risk. Believe it or not, people dig through blue bins looking for documents containing confidential information. They can use this to create fake identities and sign up for credit cards. In addition, insider fraudsters will take materials of interest if they find them. Anyone who has access to your business has access to those bins! Therefore, all documents need to be placed in locked containers to prevent any access and keep documents secure until they are shredded.

We have an in-house office shredder, so why would we outsource?

When document shredding is done in-house, there are several hidden costs. Firstly, employees must set aside valuable work hours to separate paper, remove paper clips and staples and then actually carry out the shredding. Secondly, using office strip-cut shredders makes it easy for confidential documents to be pieced back together. This exposes the business to a data breach that could end up costing thousands of dollars. Professional shredders use proprietary cross-cut shredding technology to ensure that data cannot be reassembled.

We store our records, so why do we need a shredding service?

Often businesses will store their records in a storage closet or other area in their building. Eventually, they will run out of space. Then what? You could rent storage space and/or units to keep your records.... but is it really worth the cost? Keep in mind that retaining documents for too long can actually put your business at risk of non-compliance and could result in lawsuits and fines. Then the question useful are my old documents and are they costing me more money than if you used a shredding company.

We use a recycling company, so why would we need a document shredding service?

Recycling is of upmost importance, but recycling companies are not designed to provide security for your confidential waste, and they don’t comply with privacy legislation. Often, your documents are hand-sorted off-site to ensure quality of recycled materials, which leaves your confidential information exposed. A professional shredder’s primary objective is secure document shredding, but they also recycle all the materials that are shredded into a variety of useful paper products thereby honoring recycling.


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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