Frequently Asked Questions
What is mobile shredding?
Mobile shredding is a service option that allows you to witness the shredding. A shred truck drives to your location and your documents are shredded onsite while you watch.
What is offsite shredding?
Offsite shredding 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.
How much does document shredding cost?
The price you pay for paper 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.
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 throughout the nation. We do not accept paperwork that is dropped off at our location, but we would be happy to direct you to the nearest drop off center in DC. Call us at (202) 552-1525 for more information.
What is a certificate of destruction?
A certificate of destruction outlines the details of the shredding process. Basic elements of these documents include information such as when and where the shredding was performed, terms and conditions, and a witness’ signature.
Not all shredders provide these, so ask your shredding provider if they offer certificates of destruction if you want one for your records.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA, enacted in 1996 was designed to simplify, standardize, and solidify healthcare industry processes. Several rules within this legislation determine security guidelines that healthcare organizations must follow or face fines that can reach as high 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.
Why shred documents?
Shredding documents that contain private information keeps you safe. If you are an individual, you may have experienced or know someone who has experienced identity theft, and you know that it can take years to recover from.
Businesses are required to safely handle and dispose of sensitive information they have on customers and employees, so businesses are required by law to take measures to protect their information, and shredding files is great means of doing this.
Have More Questions About Shredding in DC?
Washington DC Paper Shredding is dedicated to helping customers find the right document shredding solution for their needs. We offer free quotes on a variety of services in your neighborhood.
Call us at (202) 552-1525 or fill out our form on the left 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.