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Shredding’s Environmental Impact

Does shredding have an impact on the environment? The answer is yes, and it’s a very positive one here at TrueShred, since we recycle all shredded material.

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The Paper Waste Problem

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that paper products made up more than 27 percent of all municipal solid waste generation in 2010. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep paper out of the solid waste stream and landfill.

Businesses that recycle their discarded paper products are helping to keep the earth clean, healthy and sustainable—recycled paper doesn’t go to a landfill. Instead it goes into making recycled paper products which would otherwise be made from new raw materials.

When you have your confidential and sensitive paper files and documents destroyed by TrueShred, not only can you rest assured that all personally identifiable information and confidential client data has been rendered unrecoverable, but also you can know that all of the shredded byproduct has been recycled.

Save a Tree, or Better yet, an Entire Forest

By partnering with TrueShred you also fulfill an environmental responsibility. We recycle millions of pounds of paper every year.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each ton of recycled paper fiber saves:

  • 17 trees
  • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 360 gallons of water
  • 60 pounds of pollutants
  • 10,400 kilowatts of electricity
  • Every ton of paper recycled can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline!

What Happens to the Paper Waste Shredded by TrueShred?

All of the paper waste our mobile shredding trucks generate is recycled. According to the EPA, shredded office paper is used by mills to make consumer products such as:

  • Papertowels
  • Tissue
  • Toilet tissue

In addition, mixed grade recycled paper is used as:

  • Secondary fiber in the production of new paper
  • Raw material in non-paper products such as:
    • Gypsum wallboard
    • Chipboard
    • Roofing felt
    • Cellulose insulation
    • Molded pulp products like egg cartons

On-Site Document Destruction: There’s No Better Way to Shred

Make sure your sensitive files and confidential documents are securely shredded and recycled by hiring TrueShred, a highly qualified DC-area shredding company.

TrueShred has AAA Certification from the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). Our certification demands strict compliance with standards for:

  • Employee screening and hiring
  • Operational and facility security
  • The destruction process
  • Insurance requirements

To maintain certification, TrueShred passes scheduled and random audits from NAID (National Association for Information Destruction).

Shred Safely and Keep the Cycle Going!

Keep confidential and sensitive information secure—and send your paper waste on to generate new paper products! Make on-site shredding a part of your business practice. If you have any questions about confidential shredding and document destruction in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia areas, please call TrueShred at (888) 750-8783.

Upcoming Events

10:00 am Monthly Community Shredding
Monthly Community Shredding
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Recycling Event To accommodate residential and small business clients, TrueShred offers a paper shredding drop-off option. Bring your medium sized boxes (Regular Bankers Box) of sensitive papers and for just $10 per box watch the
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!”