How Do I Shred My Personal Documents?
A while Back, we decided to do some spring cleaning in our home office in Newton MA. After sorting through and organizing our bookshelves, closets, and desks, we ended up with with several hefty binders full of old documents and paper statements that still needed to be shredded. After going through everything and deciding what we needed to keep and what we need to shred, we were left with a large volume of documents that was too much for our "professional shredder" This machine was rated to shred 20 pages at a time but in reality it is 2 pages at a time! Plus the many headaches that come with it such as noise, dust, overheating and wasted time!
After a quick Google search for document shredding service near Boston MA, I found out that most home office stores - like Staples and Office Depot - offer shredding services for a small fee. Staples is closest to us, so that's where we decided to go. According to their website, any Staples with a Copy & Print Location will offer shredding services. We called ahead and were told that they charge by the pound (79 cents/lb of paper). We went through our two big piles of "to-be-shredded" paper and pulled out anything that didn't have personal information in it. That was tossed into our regular recycling bin at home. The rest we hauled to Staples but was not confident that our documents would be kept secure and here why:
- Staples and other big box stores offer document shredding as another mean to get revenue, it is not their bread and butter and they hire 3rd party to do the service so document custody is an issue here because who knows how many hands will be involved from time of document drop off to shredding.
- The staff is is not vetted on regular basis, the criminal background checks are done at the hiring stage and not on regular basis as required by most professional shredding service companies.
- Our documents were to be left in a 96 gallon bin that we have no idea how ofter it would be shredded or have access to it, other customers may reach out and get my documents. Who knows!
After weighing our bag at the store, we came in around 10 lbs, which cost us less than $9.00 Not bad for the huge stack that we had.
The biggest thing I was worried about was how secure the whole process would be. Identity theft isn't exactly my favorite thing in the world. But - good news! The process is entirely secure. The employees take your paper and put it into a secure location inside the store. And they do it right in front of you so you can see for yourself that all of the paper goes into the limited access location backed by 24/7 camera surveillance.
So - handy tip in case you've got a bunch of paper you need to have shredded and you are short one personal shredder at home! I was this close to throwing a bonfire... I'd get rid of the paper and have a party all at the same time. It was a win-win scenario in my mind. Get free document shredding quote request here or Call 978-636-0301