A very common feature for companies handling document destruction, is a fleet of advanced shredding trucks. These trucks zip all over, making house calls while bringing shred services to any location. This convenient option is by far the most popular shredding service. With that said, some people do wonder what the point of having a built in truck shredder is. Why not just load up papers and send them to a facility for shredding and processing?

Why Shred in the Truck?

What exactly is the advantage of having a built in shredder anyways? If the trucks are being loaded up with papers than we might as well just bring it all back for processing, instead of risking a technical failure in an expensive piece of mobile equipment. While there is a risk of that happening, as with all other mechanical devices, the advantages greatly ouyweigh any risks.

The biggest of these advantages is the ability for our clients to witness the entire shred process from start to finish. This is the best way to ensure peace of mind in clients who worry about what happens with their private information. Not only can they witness what happens on the outside, the trucks come equipped with internal video cameras. These cameras let you see the actual shredding as it happens inside the truck. There is truly no better way to feel secure about shredding.

Isn’t this Inefficient from an Operations Stand Point?

Not in the slightest! One might be inclined to think that taking the time to shred at every location we go to, would slow down operations and rather the best option would be to collect as much as the trucks can carry, and ferry them back to the plant for shredding. In reality, the trucks are the best option once again. Shredded material compacts better than then intact papers do. This allows the trucks to carry a larger volume of material in their holding tanks. This ultimately allows for a larger amount of material to be processed when it is brought back to the plant.

Since the papers are already shredded, they can be sent right away for bailing and then off to be recycled. This bypasses the need to run the in-plant shredding line, which ultimately speeds up our processes. The plant based shredder can be reserved for those papers that do get dropped off, and won’t end up being back logged by the trucks arriving. As you can see from the above, the trucks are really and truly a great option for any document destruction operation.

Sounds Great! How do I Get a Truck to Visit?

Just reach out to your document destruction company of choice and schedule a time and place for a shred truck to come. It couldn’t be easier!

Not sure what shred company to choose? Why not SAFESHRED? We’re based in Los Angeles and offer a wide range of document destruction services to ensure all of your needs are met. If you’re ready to dispose of your records, give us a call.


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If you haven’t done a good old fashioned record purge recently, now is the perfect time! “What’s the point?” you may be asking, whether you do it now or later this year, or this time next year; after all, shredding is shredding no matter when it gets done, and I suppose there’s some truth in that. You need to make a decision then: do you really want to risk your private information any longer?

Don’t Take Chances

It’s a sad truth that identity theft is on the rise in this country. As things are going it seems like this trend will only be continuing for the foreseeable future. With this in mind, you need to make sure you are taking appropriate steps to keep your private information safe, and to dispose of it properly.

It is a habit of many of us at home to just let our records pile up somewhere out of the way. In a drawer, in a shoe box shoved into the closet and sometimes even just out on a table somewhere. It’s vital that we stop doing this. If we must hold onto records then we need to take proper steps to secure them in a safe place where not just anyone can stumble across and take them.

What Do I Throw Away?

If you’re with us this far, and you decide it’s time to start purging, you’ll need to decide what has to go and what has to stay. A good rule of thumb is to purge everything that has private information on it. Things like medical records, bank statements, accounting records, and even information about your children need to go. If you have doubts on whether or not a specific file needs shredding, don’t take a chance, shred it anyways.

All Right, How Do I Shred?

When it’s shred time, there is one critical mistake people often make: they pull out that old office shredder they have at home and run the papers through that. We implore you not to use one of these machines for several reasons. Their shred pattern is very basic and makes it easy for papers to be reconstructed, they are unable to handle large volumes of paper so shredding takes forever, and they tend to break down which leaves you with an expensive paper weight.

The Solution?

Professional paper shredding services. Professional shredding has several advantages over shredding alone. The industrial grade shredders used will tear through papers, staples, papers clips, and folders with ease. The material is shredded so finely that reconstruction is impossible. Finally, all shredded material is taken to be recycled, keeping it out of the landfill and saving the environment.

If this all sounds good to you, reach out to us here at SAFESHRED and we’ll take care of all your shredding needs.

Call 1-800-987-4733

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