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Questions to Ask a Shredding Provider

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Close up face of mature businessman working on computer and talking on phone. Mature african man talking on mobile phone at desk in office. Smiling manager working at desk with copy space.You have decided to outsource your shredding…but how do you find a shredding provider you can trust? In this blog, we offer several questions to ask a prospective shredding provider.

How long have you been shredding?

Before setting up a shredding service, find out how long a prospective provider has been in businesses. Ask them for customer references. You can also check online reviews before deciding.

Are you locally, independently owned?

National shredding companies are notorious for taking their customers for granted. A locally-owned, independent shredding provider values its clients. They are committed to getting to know your business. You interact with owner-managers who care about you, your business, and your community.

What are your service options?

You want a shredding solution that is customized to your information destruction needs. When assessing a shredding company, see if they offer routine shredding and purge shredding options. Ask whether they also destroy hard drives and computer equipment.

Are my documents shredded on-site?

Mobile on-site shredding prevents identity theft and business fraud. Your shredding provider’s mobile shredding truck comes to your business and shreds your documents on the spot, with industrial-strength shredding equipment, in a matter of minutes.

Are your shredding services compliant?

Businesses that do not follow these following privacy regulations can be fined:

  • HIPAA
  • SOX
  • GLBA
  • FACTA

Make sure your shredding provider destroys your documents in a manner that safeguards personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI).

Do you provide a Certificate of Destruction?

A Certificate of Destruction helps your business comply with state and federal privacy laws. Make sure your shredding provider offers a Certificate of Destruction every time they destroy your documents.

Do you recycle?

Paper waste harms the environment, so make sure your shredding provider recycles your shredded documents. They should mix your shredded waste with thousands of pounds of paper from other sources and transfer the waste to a qualified recycling company.

For more paper shredding and document destruction information, please call us at (610) 692-TEAR (8327) or complete the form on this page.

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

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