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On-site shredding vs. off-site shredding


As more and more companies process personal data, confidential paper shredding services have become an essential procedure for a range of business. To ensure both compliance and security, it’s vital that businesses carefully consider their options in order to guarantee that confidential waste doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Fortunately, when it comes to securely shredding your sensitive documents, you have more options than you might initially think. Whether you opt for an on-site shredding service or off-site, there are specific benefits to both; it all depends on the needs of your business.

What's the difference?

With off-site shredding, all documents will be collected from your premises and transported to a secure facility where they can be shredded. On-site shredding involves a truck driving to your business premises and using an industrial-sized shredder to destroy your documents on-site.

What are the benefits of on-site shredding?

Of course, the most notable advantage of on-site shredding is the added security. As the shredding takes place on site, there are fewer personnel involved in the process. Plus, you can appoint a staff member to oversee the shredding process on-site so there is added peace of mind for you.

With on-site shredding, your documents are transported after destruction. This means there are fewer security risks on route to the disposal site. After the shredding is complete, you’ll instantly be given a certificate, which acts as a receipt for the destruction of documents. If you opt for on-site shredding, this certificate would take longer to get to you.

What are the benefits of off-site shredding?

Whilst on-site shredding is probably the most secure option overall, there is one element in which off-site shredding is more secure. As documents from different companies are all shredded at the same time, the remnants become mixed together, which further reduces the likelihood of somebody being able to recreate the documents. Off-site shredding also saves on expense as a specially-designed truck isn’t required to come to your premises. Plus, you wouldn’t lose the working hours associated with one of your employees overseeing the process as they would on-site.

Whatever your shredding needs, we offer both on-site and off-site shredding. Get in touch today to discuss your options.