Frequently Asked Questions About On-Site and Off-Site Shredding Service
- What types of materials do you shred?
Shred-N-Go, Inc. offers shredding service for all types of documents, including legal documents, medical records, sales receipts, personnel files, bank statements, insurance documents, personal documents that include confidential information sensitive to identity theft, and just about any other document with information that needs to be kept confidential.
We also offer secure hard drive destruction service, as well as destruction of x-rays, and photographs, which is necessary for medical companies as well as legal/court records. Click here for a complete list of items Shred-N-Go, Inc. is capable of shredding.
- We have an office paper shredder. Why should we outsource our shredding services?
Internal personnel employed by your company should never be put in a position to be responsible for destroying documents containing certain confidential information. It is your responsibility to make sure that sensitive confidential information is destroyed securely.
Aside from being cost effective, all of our shredded documents are sent to Pioneer Paper Stock Company in Minneapolis. All paper is bailed by Pioneer and shipped to paper mills in Wisconsin. 100% of the paper we shred is recycled, being turned into products such as paper napkins, toilet paper and blue shop towels. We are proud to say we that Shred-N-Go, Inc. is a "green" company.
- What is the difference between recycling and shredding?
There is no fiduciary responsibility inherent in recycling. Paper that is simply recycled is given away or sold by the recycling company. It is not destroyed. So when you give your documents to a recycling company, you give up the right to say how they are handled. IMPORTANT: Recycled documents may be left intact, which means your sensitive, confidential information may be compromised, putting you and your clients at risk for identity theft. Therefore, recycling as a means of information destruction is NOT a good choice from a risk management perspective.
Shredding is the best choice when it comes to destroying any and all information. Our Shred-N-Go, Inc. Hammermill Shredding System guarantees that all paper shards will be less than 5/8", creating an absolutely secure way to dispose of your information. You can trust Shred-N-Go, Inc. to protect you and your clients from identity theft when you allow us to be your document destruction company.
- How is the information kept safe before it is shredded?
All of our containers are equipped with locks. Only a Shred-N-Go Security Operator or a selected employee will have a key for the lock. Our trucks are equipped with a lift that transfers documents from the containers directly to the shredder. This secure process is defined as "Chain of Custody".
- We are required to store our records and don't need to shred.
Every business is required to destroy stored records after a certain retention period; it is the law. In fact, keeping records beyond their retention period puts you at risk of non-compliance.
The only acceptable method of discarding stored records is to ensure that the information is obliterated. With Shred-N-Go, Inc.'s Certificate of Destruction, you have an exact date of destruction for legal purposes. For a copy of a retention schedule, or to learn more about records management, visit Larson Records Management.
- We are a small office and/or don't have documents that need to be shredded. Why do we need a shredding service?
Per the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) Disposal Rule, ANY and ALL businesses that maintain or otherwise possess consumer information, or any compilation of consumer information derived from consumer reports for a business purpose, must properly dispose any such information or compilation.
Without a program to control it, the daily trash of every business contains information that could be harmful. Whether you know it or not, you have an implied contract to protect information simply based on the fact that you are collecting data to conduct business.
Please keep in mind that companies with small amounts of paper to be shredded can simply call for an appointment and bring paperwork in by the boxful to one of our Shred-N-Go, Inc. locations. We also have Locked Shredding Containers you can keep at your business until they are full, at which time you can bring your shredding in to our local Shred-N-Go, Inc. location.
You can find information on our Shredding Containers by clicking HERE.