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September 29, 2016

Banker’s boxes? Cross-cutting? Strip cutting? Mobile shredding? Secure pick? Drop off service? Huh?

I am sure we have all called a shredding company or two and heard these terms and wondered what it all means. Thinking to yourself “All I want is to shred my documents securely and not worry that my information will fall into the wrong hands.”

Here is a little information that will make your shredding experience easier and help you find the best option to take care of your shredding needs.

First, I am just going to go over some of the basic terms and then go over some tips to help you prepare your material.

Bankers BoxBanker’s boxes– these are just a standard office box that can be purchased at any office supply store. The standard size is 10″ x 12″ x 15″.  Usually holds about 20-25 lbs. worth of material.


Cross Cut shredding– uses two blades that cut diamond-shaped shreds particles.

Strip Cut shredding– uses rotating blades to cut narrow strips usually to the length of the original piece of paper that is being shredded.

Mobile Shredding (On-site Shredding) – This is where a shred truck with the equipment built into it comes to your home or business and shreds your document right there in front of you. Most trucks are equipped with cameras that will allow you to witness your documents run through the blades as they get shredded.

Secure pick-up (Off-site Shredding)– This is when a secure vehicle comes to your home or business with either a dolly or secured bins, depending on how you have stored your material, and will securely transport them back to the warehouse facility to be shredded.

Drop off Service-. This is where you go to a warehouse and either drop off the material or witness the shredding while you wait. Usually best for small jobs of 10 banker’s boxes or less.

Once you have determined the amount of material you have to shred, you need to make sure you’re your material is properly prepared for shredding.

Here are some tips on how to prepare, so you don’t run into any surprises when the truck arrives or when you come to our shredding facility.

  1. Staging the documents at ground level or in a place easily accessible by an elevator or ramp. For residence, the garage is a perfect staging place. For liability reasons most shredding companies will not enter your home.
  2. Thoroughly examine your material and have any combustible materials, CD/DVD’s, plastic, x-rays, magnetic media, batteries, food or any other garbage that may be harmful to the shred truck removed.
  3. All 3-ring binders and any plastic sleeves can also be harmful to the shred truck and should be removed from your material.
  4. No need to remove staples, paper clips, binder clips, hanging folders, manila folders, paper board binders, spiral notebooks or comb bound notebooks.

Once your material is all ready to go and you’re ready to book your appointment, calling at least 3-4 days in advance is always suggested to ensure that you get your material taken care of in a timely matter. No appointment is necessary for drop-off service.


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