Why Off-Site Shredding?

When it comes to a shredding solution for your company, it’s important to have choices. In addition to our professional on-site shredding service, American Document Securities also provides you with an off-site destruction solution. You may be thinking, “Why would I need off-site shredding?” If so, you’re definitely not alone. Here are some comments we have heard from our customers:

  • “I don’t want my documents to leave my premises for security reasons.”
  • “I want on-site shredding services because I want to watch the shredding being done.”
  • “I think it is safer to have the shredding done at my office, because I don’t know or trust where it goes if it leaves my premises.”

ADS’ off-site shredding eases these concerns by offering a cost-effective and secure method for disposing of your confidential business records.

Verifying the shredding process

Beyond the direct expense of any service it’s important to account for additional costs. When witnessing an on-site shredding process, a paid employee has to walk away from their desk—often in inclement weather—to verify destruction. The time and lost productivity associated with this task quickly adds up. ADS’ off-site shredding solution enables your employees to verify the shredding process from the convenience of their desk via the web, minimizing time away from revenue-generating activities. It’s important to remember that Georgia law SB475 does not require on-site shredding. Therefore, off-site shredding allows you to achieve the same goals in a fraction of the time and expense.

Maintaining confidentiality

Many business owners have a belief that if confidential documents leave the company premises, they will be compromised. This is not the whole story. Many data breaches occur internally each year.

The Enron scandal is a prime example. Enron’s attorneys were able to piece the paper together because the shredding was done in isolated shredders into an isolated container. Since only Enron’s documents were shredded, it was easy to put together the puzzle pieces of confidential records. This scenario is impossible with American Document Securities’ “closed loop” off-site shredding process which combines thousands of pounds of shredded material from multiple clients.

How ADS’ offsite shredding service works

With our off-site service, your documents are picked up, placed into a locked container, locked in a secure truck, transported to a secure facility, shredded immediately and finally baled to ensure ultimate security. The bales are held in our secure warehouse until they are sent directly to the paper mill.

Most vendors that offer only on-site shredding do not bale the shredded paper, but instead transport it directly to a recycling facility where there is no employee background or drug testing required. This puts your confidential business information at risk; something as small as a check can easily fall into a collection bin having never passed through the shredder teeth at all.

ADS provides a combination of quality control processes for both our on-site and off-site shredding solutions to remedy this problem. We have the ability to retrieve an un-shredded document and shred it immediately to ensure confidentiality. This is in stark contrast to companies that only offer on-site shredding as they typically dump shredded material in bulk without any inspection process.

Now that you’re better informed about the benefits of off-site shredding, you can make the wisest shredding choice for your business. To find out more about our off-site and on-site shredding solutions please contact us by phone or fill in the form on this page.

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My staff and I had the pleasure of participating in an ADS Consulting Shredding & Storage Workshop in April 2011.As a new business, it was critical for us to get off to a good start. The workshop provided us with useful information and practical applications that helped us do that. The ‘hands on’ training experience we received in a successful, working document destruction and storage business environment was invaluable.Renee and her staff were very personable and helpful and continue to be valuable business partners to this day.I highly recommend the ADS Workshop to both new and existing businesses

Rob Giannini, C.O.O.Commonwealth ...