Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I shred?
A: There are a lot of great reasons to shred. One of the main reasons businesses shred is to protect confidential company information, especially private financial information and employee data. Additionally, shredding is the best way to ensure compliance, a necessary legal and ethical component (FACTA, GLB, HIPAA, etc.) needed to protect your business, when handling sensitive client information.
Q: Can anything be shredded?
A: Almost anything! In addition to paper products, we can shred materials from hard drives and videotapes to x-ray films and DVDs. For a full listing of what The Red Shredder is capable of destroying, visit our What to Shred page.
Q: Destroy my hard drive? Why can’t I just erase it and re-use it?
A: Erasing (or reformatting) a hard drive does not completely clear all information. With this risk, any sensitive information may be recovered and your business could be liable. The only way to 100% delete information on a hard drive is through hard drive destruction with The Red Shredder.
Q: Do I need to remove staples, paper clips, etc. before using The Red Shredder containers?
A: Nope! Just insert the document, file, etc. into the provided container and get on with your day. Our shredder will take care of the rest.
Q: How do you ensure security of my materials?
A: Each Red Shredder container we provide has industry-leading security specifications. Once materials are inserted into the container, nobody will be able to access them.
Q: Why should I use a shredding company when I can buy a paper shredder myself?
A: You could buy a paper shredder at a local office supply store and shred that way. However, expect to spend a lot more time and money and drop any expectation for security. Since these office shredders can only handle 10-20 pieces of paper, it takes a long time. Don’t forget about the staples and paper clips your employee will have to remove before using these office shredders. By the time you have everything shredded, you have spent a lot of money, wasted even more time and still have no protection of security. The Red Shredder shredding services will save you money and increase productivity.
Q: Can you come to my office to shred?
A: Yes! Our mobile document destruction truck arrives at your location, and we take care of the rest on-site, from start to finish. You will be able to view your materials enter the shredding system and become destroyed on video. A certificate of destruction is presented to our clients after each shred.
Q. Will you come to my home to shred?
A. Of Course! The Red Shredder mobile shredding truck handles your shredding needs where you are located.
Q: Do you recycle?
A: 100% of materials we shred are sent to a recycling center. Visit our Recycling page for more information. While you are there, take a look at our Green Fact sheet to find out the benefits of shredding with us!