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What Happens To Documents After They Are Shredded?

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

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One of the most common ways a business has their private data breached is by identity thieves going through documents in the garbage. In an effort to prevent private data ending up in the wrong hands, many organizations use a simple strip shredder to destroy confidential documents. Then they throw the remains as well as all of their other garbage into the company dumpster in the alley or parking lot.

Regardless of the type and size of the company at hand, these measures are not sufficient for protecting the business against identity theft. In order to ensure company safety, it is best practice to hire a reputable local document shredding service.

How can document destruction protect my business and customers?

Identity theft is a serious crime that affects a significant number of individuals, households, and corporations every year. It is easy to assume that your company is safe because you have a secure network with limited access to sensitive information for lower-level employees.

There are sophisticated hackers that get into complex computer systems and rob bank accounts and pension funds. However, there are just as many, if not more, thieves who use basic identity theft techniques to destroy companies.

Document destruction services complete shredding on-site in well-equipped, secure trucks with cut and rip shredders that leave documents in tiny little pieces that cannot be put back together in any sensible form. Many of these services have additional security measures in place as well, such as cameras in their trucks so employees can watch the shredding process firsthand. The process is thorough and quick, saving employees hours and hours of valuable time that they would spend completing the shredding work themselves.

Where do the shredded documents go?

Once a shredding company has finished a shredding job, they take the remains directly to a local recycling plant. As the remains never leave the truck, there is never any worry about someone lifting them during transport. Shredding services have contracts with local recycling plants so that they can dispose of the shredding remains securely and efficiently. Companies save time and money and get a peace of mind knowing that their information stays safe.

Recycling as opposed to throwing away shredding documents plays a huge role in the well-being of the environment. Recycling a single ton of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water, between 15 and 30 trees, and 4,000 KWh of electricity. It also prevents 60 pounds of air borne pollutants from being expelled into the atmosphere.

Document destruction in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle

If you would like to learn more about shredding, contact UCI Document Destruction in Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas. UCI has been a leading copier company in the greater Texas Panhandle region for more than 20 years. We take great care in making sure your personal and business documents are property destroyed so no one can access them. Our shredding team goes through background checks and drug screening before ever touching your documents and hard drives. You can reach us at (806) 372-7722 in Amarillo or (806) 722-0544 in Lubbock, or Send Us an Email to learn more about our Services.

Originally published December 20, 2014