Many people have stacks of old mail, advertisements, and paper documents that they no longer need. Because of how much space all that paper can take up, it's tempting to just throw all that paper in the trash.
However, throwing away papers that contain personal information puts people at risk for fraud. To avoid fraud risks, people opt for shredding their old documents themselves with a small paper shredder.
Most people believe that purchasing a small shredder for personal use will save them time, space, and money. For the most part, it never really turns out that way. A small shredder takes up less space than an industrial shredder and it will take care of your shredding needs, but for how long? Small paper shredders are cheap when it comes to upfront costs, but they tend to be more expensive in the long run. Small paper shredders frequently jam and become damaged fairly easily. Before long, you'll need to buy another one. And another one.
Small paper shredders also eat up your time. In order to use a small shredder, someone has to manually insert papers into the shredder, one or two sheets at a time. Depending on how much paper you are hoping to shred, you could be spending hours feeding paper into the slot.
Businesses and offices usually rely on office and/or industrial shredders. These shredders tend to be more efficient and handle larger shredding loads than small shredders, but they have their drawbacks.
Most offices and businesses don't have an employee whose sole job is to sit and shred papers all day. Therefore, there may be a significant lapse between when a document is no longer needed and when it gets shredded. The longer documents with personal information are in an employer's possession, the more risk employees are exposed to in terms of fraud.
Depending on who is shredding documents, there is also a chance that sensitive information may be misused. Social security numbers, contact information, and medical information may be accessed through mishandling employee documents. In the wrong hands, this information can lead to employee mistreatment and internal theft.
Switching to a shredding service for individuals and businesses saves you time, money, and labor. Using a personal shredder or office shredder means that an individual has to dedicate blocks of time to shredding papers. Because shredding is a task that can be time-consuming and meticulous, it is often put off until the last possible moment.
Putting off shredding documents that are no longer needed can create a shred load that is too great for a personal or office shredder. Shredding services utilize shredders that are designed to handle large shred loads to ensure documents are shredded as soon as possible and without hassle.
Utilizing a shredding service also means you can regularly schedule when documents are to be shredded to prevent documents from overflowing in the first place. Regularly shredding documents is especially important for businesses in order to stay in compliance with HIPAA, FACTA, and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.