5635 West Las Positas Blvd. | Suite 405 | Pleasanton, CA 94588

Does your Office Shredder Still Have Your Back?

Years ago, most businesses relied on office shredders to shred confidential information. This process was accepted by most as a secure practice. However, the downsides of using a manual shredder started to emerge.

The Unfortunate Disadvantages of Manual Office Shredders

Although considered beneficial at one time, office shredding equipment has several distinct downsides:

  • Takes up valuable time
  • Often needs servicing
  • Adds to labor costs
  • Confidential information is not always secure
  • Most shredded materials from office shredders are not recycled

Manual office shredders are slow. It takes a lot of time to shred a handful of documents and imagine shredding several years of records that need to be purged. If the machine held up and did not need servicing mid-way through you were lucky. Now count the labor hours it takes a person to feed the shredder. This usually adds up to cause some red on the balance sheets for that pay period. And these negative factors are only some of the disadvantages office shredders are known for.

Is Information Really Confidential when using an Office Shredder?

The Unfortunate Disadvantages of Manual Office Shredders

With office shredding methods being so slow and papers being handled in an unsecured manner, you could face other major consequences. Think about Susie seeing Ann’s payroll. Yes, they basically have the same job, but you were paying Ann more. This and other confidential information could be easily obtained during the manual office shredding process.

Office Shredders are Typically Not Eco-Friendly

The next is all about green. Green shredding that is. Most papers simply shredded by a manual office shredder end up in the trash. Thus, this does not make Mother Nature too happy. Recycling your shredded material is easy and using sustainable practices is always something California businesses like to promote!

Why a Mobile Shredding Service is a Better Option compared to Office Shredders

The issues and problems associated with manual office shredders gave rise to today’s professional mobile shredding industry. Documents are collected in secure bins and shredding trucks are used to quickly and easily destroy a large amount of materials at one time. In fact, one can even watch as all their documents are securely destroyed in a few minutes. Next, you receive a Certificate of Destruction. Finally, when your documents are turned into confetti the materials are taken for recycling. In this scenario, everyone wins. Try to get that from a manual shredder!

The best part may be that mobile paper shredding is affordable. Don’t believe us? Consider this:

Cost to Shred 100lbs of Paper In-House

Labor ($18/hour) $136.26
Shredder (Amortized over 3 years) $23.61
Shredder Supplies $6.25
Repairs/Electricity $5.00
Secure Container(s) Not Included
Trained, Bonded Service Professionals Not Included
Certificate of Destruction Not Included
Annual TreeSaver Certificate Not Included
Total Cost for 100lbs. once a month                  $171.12


  • High capacity office shredder shreds approximately 20 pages/minute
  • 9,090 pages/100 lbs. takes approximately 454 minutes or 7.57 hours to shred
  • Labor @ $15/hour + $3/hour benefits = $18/hour
  • High capacity office shredder costs approximately $850
  • Annual office shredder supplies $75
  • Annual office shredder maintenance and electricity $60

In reality, can you really afford not to use a professional outsourced shredding service?

If you want to save money and get your confidential documents securely shredded, call PROSHRED® San Francisco!  Serving the Bay Area, we will not only have your back with a Certificate of Destruction but will make your workplace more secure. Call (925) 271-7566 to learn more or schedule a service.

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PROSHRED® San Francisco Bay Area Shredding
5635 West Las Positas Blvd. | Suite 405
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Call: 1-925-271-7566

Main Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Drop Off Service Open Until 4:00PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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