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Where Does My Shredded Paper Go?

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Paper in the Grocery Aisle

Long view down the cereal, coffee and tea aisle at a grocery storeAs you push your shopping cart through the grocery aisle, have you ever considered that the cereal box you put in your cart was once someone else’s business paperwork? That’s what happens to your documents when you partner with a reputable shredding company who destroys your discarded sensitive documents. The shredded paper is recycled and becomes another useful product instead of being discarded in the landfill after just one use, harming the environment and wasting trees.

What If I Don’t Recycle My Paper?

If you don’t recycle your paper, and others make the same decision, then 4.5 million tons of office paper will be added to US landfill sites each year. Not only is that a lot of unnecessary paper wasted, but it means that more than 76 million additional trees will be chopped down annually to compensate in order to make new paper products. That’s a huge double-punch to the environment.

What If I Do Recycle My Paper?

If you could follow the path of your discarded paper, how would you know it was going in an environmentally-beneficial direction?

First, you should know that shredding documents yourself, while it seems like a good idea, has problems:

  1. Your waste collection company may not permit you to recycle shredded paper. Many don’t.
  2. You get no auditable proof that shredding has taken place, such as a Certificate of Destruction.
  3. Your employees have to spend valuable time standing over a shredding machine instead of generating revenue or focusing on their core tasks.
  4. DIY shredding usually results in pile of paper sitting around waiting to be shredded, available to any passer-by, creating a data breach nightmare scenario for any business.

Instead, consider partnering with a reputable, professional shredding company to take advantage of the many benefits:

  1. A secure shredding process, including background-screened, uniformed, and trained employees, a secure chain of custody, and a Certificate of Destruction for your records in case of an audit.
  2. Several service options, like one-time purge shredding, routinely-scheduled shredding, and drop-off shredding services, makes outsourced shredding easier than you think—and a lot easier than in-house shredding.
  3. 100% of shredded paper will be baled and shipped to a reputable pulp mill to be recycled into new paper products, including office paper, newspaper, cardboard, paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, or even that cereal box you just added to your shopping cart.

Wiggins Shredding offers a range of secure shredding services, and all of them include responsible recycling. Just call us at 610-692-TEAR(8327) or complete the form on this page to learn more or for a free quote.

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