Paper Shredding FAQs

Can I put my old CDs, DVDs and USB drives in with the paper?

All media items including floppy disks, hard drives and electrical equipment should be stored separately in the correct containers, ready for the secure destruction and recycling process. This assists in preventing contamination and fires. Our hard drive destruction and media destruction services securely destroy all of the necessary data.

Can shredded paper be recycled?

Yes, shredded paper can be recycled. All the paper we securely shred is processed, baled and then sent on to a paper mill. The recycled paper is then manufactured into household and business products, such as recycled high-grade paper. Find out more about the Shred-it Recycling Process.

Can you shred newspaper in a paper shredder?

Yes, you can shred newspaper in a paper shredder. Recycling paper is an important element in most business' sustainability plans, and when handled right, you’re not only helping the environment but also boosting security. Read more in our Lifecycle of a Document fact sheet.

Do I have to remove paper clips before shredding?

No, you do not have to remove paper clips before shredding. All you need to do is put the documents into the locked consoles or security units that we provide you with and you’re all set. You don't have to worry about removing anything else, such as paper clips, staples or even binder clips. Our shredders can handle that.

Do I need to sort the paper before shredding?

No, not at all. All you need to do is put the documents into the locked containers we provide and that's it. You don't have to worry about removing anything else, such as paper clips, staples or binder clips. Our shredders can handle that.

Do you offer shredding for domestic or home office documents?

At Shred-it we believe it is important to securely destroy all confidential information, regardless of whether it originates at a residence or business. The ideal solution for you depends on the amount of material that you need shredded. Many of our service centres offer walk-in services for small quantities. To find out if there is a branch near you offering a walk-in service, contact us.

How often can you service our office?

Shred-it provide a wide range of service options to suit your requirements. For businesses dealing with document overflow or less frequent needs, our one-off document destruction service is the best way to deal with office clear-outs. But the most common services are weekly, fortnightly and monthly as many customers choose a regular service to ensure compliance with the GDPR and local legislation. Don’t hesitate to get in touch so our team can advise on the service best suited to your business needs.

What happens to paper after it has been shredded?

After the paper has been securely shredded, it is recycled. This process requires shredded paper to be baled and then sent on to a mill. All of Shred-it’s shredded paper is securely recycled.

What size shredding jobs do you accept?

Shred-it offers shredding and document destruction services to carry out all jobs, large or small. Our customers range from small offices to major multi-national organisations. Shred-it's added value benefits for large organisations include consolidated billing, a dedicated customer service team and detailed reporting.

What type of material do you shred?

We can shred just about anything, but we mostly shred paper. Our shredding solutions ensure the paper we shred can never be reconstructed again.
Our unique technology can also destroy non-paper materials including fabric, plastic, electronics and metals. Yes, that means CDs, hard drives, videotapes, DVDs and even more unusual items like casino chips. If you have any questions about the material you would like to shred, get in touch directly.

What types of documents should I be shredding?

At Shred-it, we recommend a Shred-it All Policy. The only way to make sure confidential documents don’t end up in the wrong hands is to destroy them. By implementing a Shred-it All Policy, you remove the responsibility placed on employees and remove the risk of a data breach, especially as human error is the most common cause of a security breach. You can read more here on What Documents to Shred.

Where is my paper shredded?

Your documents are either shredded onsite in our specially equipped vehicles or shredded offsite at one of our local branches, depending on the service type you have requested.

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