Paper shredding services do vary. Some companies will collect your waste paper before removing it and then shredding it and while this will typically get the job done it does mean that there is a period where the paper is in transit that it is not as secure as it should be. A mobile service shreds the paper as soon as they collect it.
Mobile paper shredding services are more beneficial than trying to conduct the shredding yourself within your organisation. The cut is usually more secure, the service more convenient, and you can enjoy cost savings when compared to buying a good quality shredder and employing somebody to shred your paperwork. What’s more, using a mobile shredding service means that the paper is removed afterwards so you don’t have to worry about arranging collection or delivery of the waste paper for recycling.
Most companies operate on a budget and the initial outlay of buying an industrial grade shredder means that organisations will tend to opt for the less expensive alternatives. It is an understandable business decision but it will usually mean buying an inferior shredder.
Cheap shredders may only cut in one direction and they will be more prone to breaking down. What’s more, they will usually only offer shredding for a handful of pieces of paper at a time which means that the person responsible for paper shredding in your office will have a full time task on their hands.
Shredding a small pile of papers at a time is a painstaking and incredibly mundane task. It is unlikely to offer job satisfaction and this means that you should expect a high turnaround of those employees that include this in their daily roles.
Using a document shredding service means that everything is taken care of for you. They will come to your premises, collect the paper, shred it, and then take it away for recycling. If you do it yourself you will have to collect the paper, endure the mundane task of shredding it, and then find a convenient means of disposing of the shredded paper.
If you want to enjoy a high level of security from your paper shredding and you want a shredder that will last without continuously breaking down then you will have to invest in a decent quality machine and this costs money. You will also need somebody to do the shredding for you and you will almost certainly have to pay to have the shredder itself maintained.
Using paper shredding services means that you only have to pay when you need paper shredding and you won’t have any of the overhead costs associated with employing admin staff or buying and maintaining the equipment you require.
If you do your own shredding then this is actually only part of the process that you will need to complete. Once the paper is shredded you are still left with a large amount of waste paper, albeit securely destroyed waste paper. You will have to find the most convenient and affordable means of having it removed and disposed of and there are a number of factors to consider.
If you have a lot of paper then you may not be able to use the standard recycling collections so you may have to pay for a company to collect the paper. Alternatively, you may have to use one of your team to take the paper to a recycling plant and this costs money too. A mobile shredding service shreds the paper outside your building and then takes it away to a recycling centre so that it can be put to good and ethical use.
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