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Answers to Your Document Shredding Questions

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First, the bad news: Identity theft and business fraud crimes have reached an all-time high. Now, here’s the good news: More businesses than ever are taking proactive steps to protect their information. As a result, we are asked a lot of questions about document shredding. In this blog, we answer some of the top questions.

Q: Why should I outsource my shredding?

A: Besides saving your business time and money, outsourcing your shredding to a qualified provider minimizes privacy risks that lead to data breaches.

Q: Is document shredding required by law?

A: Yes. Many state and federal regulations mandate secure disposal of personal, medical, and financial information, including the following:

  • FACTA
  • HIPAA
  • GLB
  • EEA
  • SOX
  • Pennsylvania Senate Bill 713

Companies that do not meet the standards of these laws may be subject to monetary fines and legal action.

Q: Who shreds my documents?

A: When you outsource your shredding to a shredding and destruction provider, security-screened personnel destroy your documents within a strict chain of custody. As a result, your confidential information always remains secure.

Q: What should I shred?

A: You should shred any unwanted or expired document that contains personally identifiable Information (PII), protected health information (PHI), or financial data. Your shredding and destruction provider can provide you with a list of documents to destroy.

Q: Do I need to remove staples and paperclips from my documents?

A: No. Besides shredding paper, a mobile shredding truck destroys staples, paper clips, file folders, and rubber bands, too.

Q: How does on-site shredding work?

A: When you request an on-site shredding service, a secure, mobile, on-site shredding truck comes right to your place of business. A security-screened shredding representative takes your sensitive documents to a mobile shredding truck. Your documents are shredded on premises will you watch. A Certificate of Destruction can be provided at the completion of your shredding project.

Q: What is a Certificate of Destruction?

A: A Certificate of Destruction is a document noting the date of destruction and the amount information destroyed. A reputable shredding company provides you with a Certificate of Destruction after every shredding project.

Q: Are my shredded documents recycled?

A: After destroying your documents, a reputable shredding provider mixes your shredded material with thousands of pounds of paper from other sources. 100 percent of this material is recycled so it can be pulped and reused to produce a variety of consumer products.

If you have more paper shredding questions we haven’t answered here, please call us at 610-692-TEAR (8327) or complete the form on this page. We love answering your questions!

Wiggins Shredding serves Pennsylvania and the Tri-State Area of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. We are your trusted, locally-owned paper shredding resource!

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