05 Mar Shredding Companies: Where should you take your papers?
There are many shredding companies that offer various shredding services available to the public. The best one for you will be determined by what your goal is.
Free Shred Days
As of the day of this blog post (March 5, 2013), there are three major free shredding events held in San Antonio:January:
[Update: The above event is not planned for 2014.]
SACU holds free shred events at seven of its locations on the Saturday after taxes are due.
The Better Business Bureau holds an event at a different location each year in conjunction with Secure Your ID Day.
The pros of free shred days:
The first box or two are free.
The remaining boxes can be shredded for a nominal fee.
You can watch the shredding onsite.
The cons of free shred days:
You might have a rather large shred pile if you only shred three times per year.
At free events, you generally do not receive a certification of destruction.
You will have to wait (sometimes more than 30 minutes), as there are other people who want to watch their papers get shredded, too.
Big Box Stores
Chains such as Office Max and Office Depot offer shredding services for a relatively low fee of 60 to 70 cents per pound.
It’s not free, but it’s cheap!
They do not shred onsite. Your papers are supposed to be deposited into a locked bin that contracted shredding companies will pick up once or twice per week. If this bin is full when you arrive, you will need to decide if you want to leave your shredding unsecured.
You might not be able to receive a certificate of destruction.
Shredding companies offer a variety of services. Some allow you to come in and watch your papers get shredded. Some will go to your place of business or residence and shred your papers in their truck. Some will only pick up and not allow you to watch.
Here’s what you need to ask when you call:
- Can I watch my papers get shredded?
- If so, what is the procedure when you come to me?
- Or, if I go into your office, will I need to make an appointment?
- If I cannot watch my papers get shredded, do you offer a certificate of destruction?
- What are your onsite and offsite prices?
Keep in mind that if you use a company like Shred-It, Iron Mountain or Pinnacle (all companies my clients have used), you will be working with a shredding company that’s been around for years. They would not be in business for such a long time if they’ve had security breaches. My clients have felt safe in leaving their papers with those companies and not necessarily watching the shredding happen.
Other shredding companies in San Antonio include Ranger, Lonestar, Cintas and Marshall.
Pinnacle has been my favorite of the group because they’re willing to work with “the smaller guy.” However, their schedule is not as flexible as the others.
We love helping our clients improve productivity! For more information about getting your papers and office organized with the assistance of a Certified Professional Organizer, call us today at (210) 892-4990 ext 73.