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What Belongs and What Doesn’t: Guidelines for Shred Collection Containers

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Young woman looking skeptical is holding up both a "yes" and a "no" sign.When it comes to hamburgers, everyone has their preferences, whether it’s the classic combination of lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, or more adventurous toppings like broccoli, peanut butter, sunny-side-up eggs and yes, even mac and cheese as toppings. Burger restaurants might allow you to “have it your way,” but there are some things, like shred collection containers, where strict rules exist about what is, and is not allowed. In this article, we’ll explore the do’s and don’ts of shred collection containers, ensuring the secure disposal of your sensitive documents.

Shred Collection Containers

Partnering with a professional shredding company for secure document destruction includes the provision of a locked shred collection container. This container ensures the safeguarding of your private information from disposal to retrieval by shredding technicians, playing an important role in maintaining the integrity of the chain of custody process.

What Goes in Collection Containers

Certain documents containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) must find their way into the shred collection container for secure shredding. This includes:

  • Old passports
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Financial documents (credit card statements, invoices, and banking statements)
  • Shipping packages and envelopes showing delivery addresses
  • Offers from credit card companies, advertisements for life insurance, and offers or advertisements containing identifiable information
  • Magazines and junk mail containing your name and address

What Doesn’t Go in Collection Containers

  • Garbage: Obvious as it may sound, it’s essential to emphasize that items like plastic, Styrofoam, corrugated cardboard, hardboard books, metal cans, binder clips, spiral notebooks, and binders should never end up in the shred collection container.
  • Recyclables: While it might seem convenient, recyclable items belong in the recycling bin. Only paper documents should be discarded in the shred collection container.
  • Electronics: The collection container is exclusively for paper documents. Electronics, hard drives, and other media should be kept separate to avoid contamination. Choose a shredding company that offers both paper shredding and e-destruction, ensuring proper recycling without cross-contamination.

Get Your Collection Container(s)

To enhance compliance with state and federal privacy laws and safeguard your sensitive documents, it’s essential to have shred collection containers. When selecting a reputable shredding company, ensure they offer these containers for your business.

At Wiggins Shredding, we tailor the size and quantity of shredding collection containers to match your paper volume, providing the right frequency of pickups in our routine shredding service. We serve businesses in Pennsylvania and Tri-State MD, DE and NJ, and whether you require routine, purge, or drop-off shredding, we’ve got you covered. Contact us at 610-692-TEAR (8327) or complete the form on this page, and we’ll match your shredding needs with the appropriate number of collection containers.


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