But how do you know a paper shredder is a good paper shredder? Ask them these five questions:
Who Does the Shredding?
Your company's most private information is going to pass through the hands of someone as it gets fed into the shredder -- you want to know that that person is trustworthy. Ask the shredders what they do in terms of background checks, how their work is overseen, and if they guarantee their work.
How Is the Paper Shredded?
In a purely mechanical sense, you want paper that's crosscut at the minimum, if not ground up or forced through a mesh so it's particulate. More importantly, you want the shredding to be witnessed, and you want the results to be stored in some not-easily-accessible form, preferably in a sealed container like a locked truck.
Where Is The Paper Taken Afterwards?
Shredding contractors have a few options. Taking it to the landfill is the least safe (and least environmentally responsible) option. Most responsible companies partner with a paper mill or other recycling system to make sure that your information disappears into someone's next edition of the Times before any eyes ever see it.
What About A Malfunction or Accident?
If a professional shredder's machine breaks, they don't hesitate -- they don't even call in a repairman. They lock your information into their truck (with their personnel outside) until another truck can be called out to do the shredding on-site exactly as per protocol. That's the only way to make certain that your information is as safe as it can be -- and that's their business, after all.
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