What to Consider When Choosing a Shredding Company

Attractive young asian man sitting on desk table looking at laptop computer in dark late night working feeling serious thinking and determinated at home office in work hard or work load job concept.Paper shredding is the cornerstone of any corporate information security program. But how do you choose a shredding partner you can trust? In this blog, we highlight several important factors to consider when choosing a shredding company.

1. Experience

Find out how long a shredding company has been in business before deciding to use their services. A shredding provider who is not financially sound or does not have long-term document destruction experience puts your information at risk. Ask for customer references. Although a reputable provider will have client confidentiality agreements, they should be able to offer client references that confirm the scope and quality of their services.

2. Breadth of Services

Not every shredding company offers a disposal solution for non-paper information. Partner with a shredding company that offers product destruction and hard drive and media shredding in addition to paper shredding. That way, you have a single, reliable destruction resource for your data.

3. Customization

You do not need a one-size-fits-all shredding solution. You want a document destruction solution that is tailored to your budget and business requirements. A qualified shredding company will thoroughly assess your information disposal requirements and consider the retention, legal and regulatory factors that affect your business before providing a customized shredding solution.

4. Technology

Document shredding is more than turning whole documents into unreadable pieces of confetti. Security bin construction, container tracking, and shredding and baling equipment are crucial to a secure shredding solution. Make sure your shredding company uses best-in-class, industry-leading technologies to protect your privacy.

5. NAID AAA Certification

A shredding company should be . The National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) provides oversight for the shredding and destruction industry. To achieve NAID AAA Certification, a shredding company must pass audits by third party security professionals confirming their compliance with the following requirements:

  • Personnel screening practices
  • Equipment and facility safety
  • Liability Insurance

Only a NAID AAA Certified shredding company can offer assurance that your information is destroyed according to the highest standards in the shredding and destruction industry.

Consider these five factors when choosing a shredding company.

Richards & Richards offers shredding and destruction solutions for businesses throughout Nashville. For more tips on choosing a shredding and destruction provider, please call us at 615-242-9600 or complete the form on this page.

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