Reasons to eliminate the Office Shredder and choose a Shredder Service
Office Shredders Produce Strips of Paper That Can Be Reassembled
Most office shredding machines shred paper using a cross-cut or ribbon-cut method. When these strips of paper are discarded or recycled, “dumpster divers” can sort through the trash and reassemble these paper strips. This allows access to confidential information you thought was destroyed. In fact, this form of information fraud is so common, that software has been developed to help these thieves scan and reassemble this information.
Office Shredders Can Cost More Than A Shredder Service
Small businesses that operate an office shredder spend, on average, 15-20 minutes of staff time each and every day, shredding confidential documents. When you consider the average hourly wage, benefits, and factor in depreciation and maintenance costs on your office shredder, it may cost over $100 per month to operate an office shredder. In most cases, our shredder service can do it for less.
Office Shredders Can Leave You Vulnerable In Audits And Lawsuits
Irregular shredding practices. That’s the charge an auditor or lawyer could make when they discover your organization uses an office shredder. In-house shredding programs don’t adhere to a regular shredding schedule and they don’t provide adequate documentation of what’s been shredded, when it’s been shredded, or by whom. So when a question arises as to when and why a particular piece of information was shredded, organizations without documentation leave themselves susceptible to severe fines.
Office Shredders Are A Safety Hazard
There have been numerous reports of injuries from office shredders, including lacerations and lost fingers. While these cases are isolated, office shredders have sharp blades that can injure someone if they’re not careful. Additionally, office shredders produce paper, plastic, and metal dust fragments that, left untouched, can get into the air ducts and create a fire hazard.
Office Shredders Create A Mess
Even though the mess is not a risk factor, it’s still something that you’ll have to deal with if you use an office shredder rather than a shredder service. Fragments of paper will fall onto the floor while dust builds up on the shredder, and in the shredding area.