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On-Site or Off-Site Shredding…What’s the Difference and What’s Right for You?

So, you have a ton of documents that are clogging up your office space and they are not exactly in the most secure environment. What do you do? The answer is to have a qualified shredding company take care of it for you. Most offer both on-site and off-site shredding. But what does that really mean? What’s the difference?

On-site shredding refers to the shredding of confidential documents at your place of business, using a truck equipped with a mobile document shredding system. This is often preferable because the client can see the actual shredding and it is immediate. There is no fear of security issues not only because it is immediate but also because the drivers/operators are usually fully bonded. However, having an on-site service tends to be at a higher rate and usually needs to be scheduled ahead of time.

Off-site shredding refers to shredding your sensitive documents at a secure shredding facility operated by a certified document shredding service. The company will come to your place of business, pick up the paper you need destroyed. Normally, their trucks use GPS tracking to ensure security of your papers. They are then transferred to a AAA certified building and all products are destroyed. Most companies offer same day destruction but sometimes it can involve storing boxes until it is time to shred them. However, clients can view the destruction via security footage which can be downloaded and sent. This option is more cost effective because large quantities can be destroyed at once.

What do they have in common?

  • Both can be regularly scheduled

  • Both offer security

  • Both give you a NAID certified Certificate of Destruction

  • Both involve 100% recycling

There really is no right or wrong choice here. It all depends on how you feel about security and what kind of budget you are working with. If you do need help making a choice, call a couple local shredding companies and have them talk you through it.

Whether you choose on-site or off-site recycling, make sure you choose a company that offers the most secure service so that you can have peace of mind. American Shredding excels at offering the best security possible because:

  • All their drivers and operators are fully bonded

  • All their facilities are all AAA certified

  • They are approved by NAID (National Association of Information Destruction)

  • All their trucks are GPS monitored

  • All destruction comes with a Certificate


American Shredding offers recycling services to help you protect your product brand and do your part to protect the planet. We can shred on-site at your location or off-site at our secure plant.

Contact us for fast scheduling, friendly staff, 100% recycling and low prices. We offer services in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Washington states. See our list of cities here.

Need help with a recycling plan? Get a quote today!


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