June 20, 2016
How Shredding Works
Many of our Atlanta customers want to know more about the shredding process and what actually happens when the paper enters the machines. To help clear things up — and hopefully get people as excited about shredding as we are about how shredding works — here are the steps it takes to transform stacks and stacks of paper into tiny confetti:
Step 1: Where the Paper Comes From
Of course, the first step in the process is to have a source of paper that customers want to discard.
With our scheduled mobile shredding services, clients store documents throughout the typical work week in our secure storage bins and consoles. Other customers store papers in the manner of their choosing.
Step 2: PROSHRED on the Scene!
When the time comes for the paper to be eliminated, PROSHRED arrives with our mobile shredding trucks to shred the documents On-Site.
Step 3: Taking the Documents off Your Hands
We transport the documents to-be-shredded to our shred truck, in locked, wheeled storage bins.
Step 4: In They Go!
The full transport bins are secured to the automated lift device on the side of our mobile trucks. Our technicians push the start button on console, and the bins are lifted to dump all the paper inside the shredding chute.
No one directly contacts the papers or manually dumps the bins for both safety reasons and to ensure the completeness of the job.
Step 5: Down the Hatch!
The papers loaded into the hopper chute fall into the shredding mechanism. There are two potential shredding methods we use to perform our document destruction:
- Pierce-and-Tear Shredding
- This device works by punching holes in the paper then separating the paper materials at the fiber. Unlike cutting, this method of document destruction ensures that reassembling documents from pieces is impossible.
- This machine can shred between 2,000–9,000 pounds of material per hour
- Single Shaft Rotary Grinding
- A highly-sophisticated piece of equipment developed by destruction experts, this device pulls papers through its feed compartment with a hydraulic ram.
- Once the papers are inside the shredding compartment, a slow-moving rotating cutter shaft embedded with four-point cutters moves against the material. A bed of counter knives binds the paper in between the two slicing mechanisms, ensuring precise cuts at random angles.
- A metal screen holds the paper materials until they reach a predetermined size, when they fall through the screen into our chad storage area.
- This machine can shred up to 30,000 pounds of material an hour
The shredded paper materials commingle with thousands of other tiny paper particles to make reassembly a physical impossibility.
Step 6: Recycling What’s Left
Now that these documents have been destroyed, the remnant paper can be given a new life as a post-consumer recycled paper. Tissues, paper towels, packaging and even new copy paper can be created by soaking the paper scraps in treatment chemicals to convert it into paper pulp.