How Does Plant-Based Shredding Work?

Interior photo at a shredding plant that shows a pit filled with paper that is feeding into a large shredding machine Protect Your Time and Energy

Garage sales take a lot of work, and the double payoff is that you get rid of a lot of unwanted items and make money. However, a double payoff is not guaranteed. My neighbor was moving, and I scored some great items because he said he had better things to do with his time and energy than to invest in hosting a garage sale.

That’s the great thing about plant-based shredding. Your staff has better things to do with their time and energy while someone else takes care of securely shredding your sensitive documents. And in this case, you do get the double payoff, as it is far more efficient to outsource the shredding and have your staff invest their time in running your business.

What Plant-Based Shredding Is

Plant-based shredding refers to a paper shredding company that collects your secure documents and takes them to their secure facility to shred them. It’s also called off-site shredding. The idea is simple, but the benefits are more complex.

Why You Should Consider Plant-Based Shredding

Picking up a shredder from the local office supply center to chew up outdated files and scrap paper is certainly an option—just not a good option. When you consider investing in a plant-based shredding service, you will delegate the following responsibilities to background-screened, professionally-trained, and capable professionals:

  • Protection of your information from unauthorized access and theft. Your files will always be secure from the time they are disposed of in a locked shred collection container to the moment they are shredded.
  • Compliance with file shredding rules. When you partner with a NAID AAA Certified shredding provider, you know that they comply with all federal and state laws regarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and document destruction. A reputable shredding company will also do background checks on staff and will regularly train them.
  • Industrial shredders that require regular maintenance aren’t your responsibility. You can be confident that your documents are destroyed to a point that the information is unrecognizable.
  • A chain of custody that records the movement and handling of your documents.
  • A Certificate of Destruction can be requested that will prove your compliance in case of an audit.
  • Paper recycling. Caring for the environment is a priority, and recycling shredded paper to make new consumer products is a responsible act.

How Plant-Based Shredding Works

When you choose off-site shredding, your shredding provider will provide shredding containers to match the quantity of paper and frequency of shredding service. The number and placement of containers will also be decided to make it easy for your employees to responsibly discard sensitive information.

Your shredding provider will create a pickup schedule that determines when they will come and retrieve the contents of your locked shred collection containers. They will then transport your material to their facility and shred it.

When shredding is complete, you receive a Certificate of Destruction, and the shredded paper is recycled.

Richards & Richards provides NAID AAA Certified, plant-based shredding services in Nashville. We can help your business re-focus on revenue generation by leaving the document shredding to us. For more information, please call us at 615-242-9600 or complete the form on this page.

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