Choosing the right Shredder

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I see it and hear it every day, my shredder just went up in smoke!  Many of the so-called industrial shredders don’t quite live up to their advertising.  Shredders that cost upwards of five thousand dollars should have bullet proof warranties.  But as many of our clients tell us, that is not the case.  There are many advantages to using an on-site shredder.  The first and foremost is no shredder equipment to maintain!  Never again will you have to place a call to fix your shredder.  Never again will you have to call a Tech out to clear a shredder jam.  Nor will you have to worry about your shredder failing during a big purge.  Shredders are designed to break.

Another advantage to using an on-site shredder is employee time.  Using employee time efficiently is a must in today’s highly competitive society.  Using a salaried employee as a shredder is probably not the most effective way that employee could be using their time.  On the flip side you could stock pile your documents and have a low level employee be used as a shredder.  Using a low level employee as a shredder probably isn’t the best idea either.  Using this person as a shredder allows them access to the company’s most sensitive material.  All you have to do is pick up a paper to read about a corporation facing criminal and civil lawsuits because some manager assigned the shredder duties to a low level employee who found it easier to deposit the records in the back dumpster. 

Still another advantage of using an on-site shredder is security.  A good shredder will destroy your documents on-site and issue you a certificate of destruction.  Most metropolitan areas will have a few shredders to choose from.  Choosing the right shredder is crucial.  Choosing the wrong shredder could result in disaster.  Always check to make sure the shredder belongs to a governing body like the National Association of Information Destruction.  Also make sure the shredder is accountable within the community by being part of the Better Business Bureau.  Make sure the Shredder is involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and make sure you ask the shredder for a list of references.  If you follow these few guidelines, you will find a good shredder.