A Day in the Life of a Mobile Shredding Truck

Hands on the steering wheel of a vehicleIn 2006, Pixar and Disney Pictures created the film Cars with multiple sequels and spin-off films that followed, all with great success. There were race cars, tow trucks, airplanes, and fire rescue vehicles, but they forgot one character: a mobile shredding truck!

Fortunately for you, we have a new screenplay about a day in the life of Shreddy, the mobile shredding truck.

Cue James Taylor’s song, Our Town, in the background, and zoom in past the Nashville welcome sign on I-40 that reminds us we’re entering Music City.

Shreddy: Sits in a secure area of the shredding company’s business vehicle parking lot. It’s early morning and my day is about to begin once my professional service technician, Mack, arrives to drive me to the first of several off-site locations where we’ll securely destroy various quantities of confidential documents in a matter of minutes.

Mack: Arrives and loads empty shredding collection containers on board. Mack does a visual inspection of Shreddy. Good morning, Shred. Looks like you’re in tip-top shape for another day of destruction!

Shreddy: Starts up and rolls out onto the highway. I love this route we take. It reminds me of why I do what I do. I get to roll past the forests of trees knowing that every ton of shredded paper I send to the recyclers saves 17 of those trees so they can continue to live for years to come.

Mack: That’s right, Shreddy. We want them to survive as long as possible because they improve soil and water conservation, store carbon, produce oxygen, moderate the local climate, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the land’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

Shreddy: Wow! That’s a mouthful of huge benefits to protecting Nashville’s environment and everywhere a tree is saved due to the recycling we do.

As we arrive at our first location, Mack unloads an empty, wheeled security container to take inside so he can place documents collected in the facility’s shredding collection consoles inside and load them into the truck’s automatic lift for shredding right then and there. Mack is a back-ground checked, trained professional technician who knows his stuff. Everything we do is compliant with state and federal privacy laws.

Mack: Once I collect the discarded documents here, they are in my care and my responsibility. The staff don’t have to worry about any security issues or even leave their workplace—unless they would like to witness their documents being shredded right here on your video screen. Mack leaves and enters the office building.

Shreddy: Yep! Once in a while, an employee will come out to watch my heavy-duty, onboard industrial shredder destroy their documents and leave knowing that none of the information has been misplaced or seen by any unauthorized individuals. The staff aren’t required to watch the process, of course, but it’s one of the great benefits of an on-site mobile shredding service. No one even has to handle the papers. They can go from sitting in the console to 100% shredded without ever being touched by a human hand! And being a NAID AAA Certified shredding company that is independently audited to ensure the highest security standards gives our customers the peace of mind they deserve.

Mack: Returns and empties the container of documents directly into the shredder. Your industrial shredder cuts and tears documents into small pieces, destroying the information on them…

Shreddy: …and at the end of the day, when we have a truck full of shredded paper from many different sources, the material is mixed together. That increases the security by separating shreds from each source and making them impossible to reconstruct.

En route to the next location, we pass the landfill. That’s one place we never visit because our shredded documents go to a recycler. That one ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of greenhouse gases.

Mack: Our clients have chosen to use a local, NAID AAA Certified shredding company to visit them on-site for several reasons. First, compared to DIY shredding, they will save on equipment and repairs, valuable staff time to operate the shredders, and the risk of data breach due to insufficient shredding.

Shreddy: And, most importantly, we can supply a Certificate of Destruction when the job is completed. This isn’t available from all shredding companies, and definitely not if they shred it themselves. The certificate serves as proof that we—and therefore our customer—have complied with data privacy laws in case of an audit.

After a full day of collecting and shredding, Mack and Shreddy arrive back at the secure shredding facility where the shredded paper is unloaded in a secure area and baled for the recycler.

Richards & Richards is Nashville’s oldest NAID AAA Certified shredding company. We offer a full selection of on-site mobile shredding and off-site plant-based shredding services for businesses and residents throughout Nashville and Central Tennessee. To see how we can help you with secure shredding, call us at 615-242-9600 or complete the form on this page. Our shredding experts are here to help you!

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