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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does document shredding cost?

The cost of document shredding services depends on the service you choose and the size of your job. Mobile shredding services tend to charge around $130 per visit to shred your documents onsite. Offsite shredding services tend to be a little more affordable, running around $110.
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What is mobile shredding?

If you want to witness the shredding process, mobile shredding services are for you. A shred truck equipped with an industrial strength shredder drives to your location and your files are shredded onsite while you watch.
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What is offsite shredding?

Offsite shredding is a service option that shreds your documents at a secure facility along with thousands of other documents. Your files are picked up from your location and transported to a facility nearby for shredding.
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How much paper do I have to shred?

A standard bankers box holds roughly 30 lbs of paper or 2,500 sheets of paper.

Can I drop off my paper to be shredded?

There are thousands of drop off shredding centers located around the U.S. We don't accept paperwork that is dropped off at our location, but we would be happy to direct you to the nearest drop off center in Chicago. Call us at (847) 620-0016 for more information.

What is a certificate of destruction?

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A certificate of destruction outlines the details of the shredding process. Basic certificates include information such as where and when the shredding took place, terms and conditions, a notice of transfer of custody, and a witness’ signature.

Not all shredders provide these, so ask your shredding provider if they provide certificates of destruction if you want one for your records.

What is HIPAA?

Enacted in 1996, HIPAA was designed to simplify, standardize, and solidify healthcare industry processes. Several rules within this legislation determine security guidelines that healthcare organizations must follow, and if they aren't followed properly, organizations can face fines as steep as $1.5 million.

What is FACTA?

Enacted in 2003, FACTA protects customer data collected by businesses across industries. This rule requires organizations to have written policies and procedures regarding the handling of sensitive information, provide regular employee training on these procedures, and engage in proper disposal of sensitive files and media.

Shredding paperwork keeps your information safe.Why shred documents?

Shredding paperwork keeps your information safe.
Shredding private files keeps your information safe. It can take years to recover from identity theft, and precautionary efforts can be effective and worthwhile in the long-run.

Businesses on the other hand, are required to safely handle and dispose of sensitive information regarding customers and employees. Businesses are required by law to take measures to protect their information, and shredding files is great means of doing this.

What is hard drive destruction?

Hard drive destruction is the process of physically destroying a hard drive to render the data stored on it irrecoverable. This ensures that sensitive information cannot be accessed or retrieved by unauthorized individuals.

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Why is hard drive destruction necessary?

Hard drive destruction is necessary to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data, such as personal information, financial records, or confidential business data. Simply deleting files or formatting the drive may not completely erase the data, leaving it vulnerable to retrieval using specialized software or techniques.

What methods are used for hard drive destruction?

There are several methods for hard drive destruction, including physical destruction, degaussing, and shredding. Physical destruction involves physically damaging the hard drive beyond repair, such as crushing, shredding, or disintegrating it. Degaussing uses a powerful magnetic field to erase data from the drive, while shredding involves cutting the drive into small pieces.

Can I destroy hard drives myself?

While it is possible to physically destroy hard drives using tools such as drills, hammers, or even fire, professional hard drive destruction services offer a higher level of security and compliance. DIY methods may not completely destroy the data or could pose safety risks if not handled properly.

How much does hard drive destruction cost?

Most hard drive shredding services cost between $4-$12 per drive.

Have More Questions On Shredding Services in Chicago?

Chicago Shredding Services is dedicated to helping customers find the right document shredding solution. We offer free quotes on a variety of services near you.

Call us at (847) 620-0016 or fill out our form for free quotes on a customized shredding option that will meet the needs of your project. We are happy to answer any questions you have to help you get your shredding project started off on the right foot.