We all know by now that we should be recycling as much as possible--but are we using that principle to its full potential? As a lifelong green campaigner and environmental activist I'm passionate about recycling, and I've started this blog to talk a little more about all the little extras you can do. I'll be covering craft projects you can do with the kids, tips for starting and maintaining your own compost pile, ways to help your local recycling plant out with the way you put your rubbish in the recycling bin and tips for "upcycling" some of the things you throw away the most.
While paper files might seem as though they are on the way out, in many industries they still make up a sizeable portion of all files created and stored. That is because paper provides a permanent record that is not susceptible to power outages, hacks or file corruption, and it is very easy to refer to and use for everyone interested. Because of this, document shredding is still a very important resource that all companies that use paper files should try and incorporate into their plans. Here are a few reasons why third-party document shredding is so important.
Simplifies Your Procedures
Document shredding is a very simple process that eliminates a lot of work for you. You are given special boxes that act as bins in which you can put any and all paper files that need to be shredded, due to either them being outdated, the customer having left your company or simple day-to-day rubbish that needs to be recycled. These bins are picked up on regular occasions, and they are then replaced, with the full bins taken to a recycling plant where they are shredded and recycled, with no possible chance of them falling into the wrong hands.
Private Shredders Take Far Too Long
The reason why you see so many bigger companies and businesses such as hospitals, legal firms and even banks use document shredding is simple: doing it on your own with a small shredder would take a lot of time. These shredders, even the fastest of them, can only do a few pages a minute. Document shredding by large, commercial machines is done in seconds. If you are going to recycle the paper anyway, it makes sense to not need to spend so much of your own time shredding it when others are better equipped to do so.
Not As Expensive As You Think
Document shredding is not an exorbitantly expensive procedure, and since it operates on a business to business level, often this partnership can have negotiated terms that suit your budget. Considering all the valuable time you save your employees, allowing them to do other stuff, you often come out ahead when you factor in the cost of document shredding. This can be lowered even still for smaller businesses who need fewer bins or fewer scheduled pick-ups. Document shredding services are there to suit your needs, so call up and see if they can offer you a competitive quote. You may be surprised!