Best Shredder for Your Business

Posted on: November 28, 2023

Whether you run a small or massive business, you understand the vital role of shredding in keeping your business secure and safe against data breaches and fraud. Knowing this, you’ll want to invest in the best shredder for your business.

TrueShred provides professional, affordable and convenient shredding services. Our services also mean you can have peace of mind that your sensitive materials are destroyed in compliance with federal regulations. There is no substitute for our reliable destruction services. However, some office shredders are better than others. Here is some information so your organization can make an informed decision.

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Personal Office Shredder Types

Personal office shredders are only suitable for simple home office shredding. It is still safer, cost-effective and secure to leverage professional shredding services even for home use.

Types of personal shredders include:

  • Strip-cut shredders: Strip-cut shredders are basic. Paper is cut into strips. Although strip shreds are better than throwing an intact document in a bin, they still offer a low level of security compared to other types. Strip-shredders may be suitable to destroy personal correspondence with no sensitive information or other non-essential items like grocery receipts.
  • Cross-cut shredders: By shredding papers into smallish rectangles, you make a fraudster or thief work pretty hard to get useful information. Keep in mind, though, that it’s still possible for criminals to piece together cross-cut snippets.
  • Micro-cut shredders: Chip-cut or micro-cut shredders are the standard for handling sensitive information. The shredder processes the paper into tiny chips that are very difficult to accomplish anything with. The mess left behind after shredding is far more manageable than other home-office shred types.

Key Features to Consider When Choosing a Shredder

Deciding what shredder will work best for your application depends on several factors:

  • Shredding capacity and speed
  • Security levels and shred size
  • Noise level and energy efficiency
  • Durability and maintenance requirements
  • Additional features like auto-feed, jam prevention and safety measures

You’ll also need a shredding tool capable of handling multimedia shredding since paper is no longer the only thing at risk. In fact, there’s a strong argument to be made that media shredding is more critical these days. You’ll need a shredder that can do both or one of each. Pay close attention to a shredder’s “feet per minute” and the ability to shred paper clips and other small objects.

What Are the Cons of Personal Office Shredders?

You can purchase a decent office shredder and go from there. Micro-cut shredders are a vast improvement in terms of security. However, office shredders are:

  • Slow — shredding an average of 20 feet per minute
  • Labor-intensive — they require that you dedicate employee time to them
  • Inefficient — they need need regular maintenance, and they don’t typically last very long
  • A poor substitute — a team of professionally equipped and trained shredding experts can deliver superior results quicker and more efficiently.

Why Choose Professional Shredding Services?

TrueShred provides trusted professional shredding services with industry-leading equipment. We offer:

  • Infallible security, with a secure chain of custody
  • A Certificate of Destruction for each service for your compliance records
  • Scheduled services for easy planning
  • Eco-friendly points, since we recycle all shredded paper
  • Media, paper and object shredding all in one neat package
  • Cost savings, since you’re only putting resources into a single service rather than into products, employee time, maintenance and disposal

How Our Services Work

You schedule services online and then we provide:

  • Containers: TrueShred delivers bins or consoles to your offices. Your team deposits media or documents you need destroyed into the containers.
  • Secure transport: On the appointed service day, our team collects the containers and leverages our industry-best mobile shredding trucks to destroy materials curbside or load them in secure trucks and destroy items at our destruction facility.
  • Industrial shredding: We destroy documents and media. You can monitor on-site shredding via secure video feeds.
  • Proof of destruction: Once we destroy particles and recycle them with other materials, we issue a certificate of destruction for your records.

Secure Document Shredding Near You

You may want to invest in an office shredder for your business to keep confidential documents from landing in the wrong hands. Although a personal shredder may seem convenient, it can be ineffective, labor-intensive and expensive to maintain. You also will not have an official Certificate of Destruction for your compliance records.

TrueShred offers affordable, rapid and convenient on-site/off-site shredding services to businesses and individuals in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We are an NAID AAA Certified shredding company, offering a full range of support services that make keeping your business secure easier than ever.

Contact us online to learn about securely and cost-effectively destroying sensitive documents and mixed media.

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Katy Moore, Office Administrator - Law Office of Kevin Wilson

”I have worked with several document destruction companies over the past ten years and until contracting with TrueShred, I hadn’t met a company with which I felt so compelled to share with professional colleagues. TrueShred’s personnel are always polite, considerate, timely and attentive. . . I trust all of my future shredding needs to TrueShred!”