We’ve heard common questions and concerns regarding document shredding, and whether or not it’s a necessity for businesses today. We’ve summarized our responses to those common questions below to debunk those myths.
Four common document shredding myths:
- No one looks through my trash so why would I shred? You might be surprised to learn that combing through trash or dumpster diving is a routine activity for many thieves, and it is considered so profitable, it’s been a tactic for some organized crime rings.
- I store my records securely so I don’t need to shred. While securely storing your records is a sound security practice, both the United States and Canada have laws that mandate how long businesses should retain records before destroying them.
- You can’t recycle shredded paper. Shredded paper can indeed be recycled and used for a variety of consumer products.
- My company is too small for a shredding service. Considering a 2010 EPA report found the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year; your office is creating more paperwork and waste than you’d imagine.
Armed with a better understanding of these myths, you can begin to separate fact from fiction to better tackle your document shredding solution.