What Are The Odds?

Do you know what the odds are that you will win the lottery? I have heard so many numbers it is ridiculous! In short, the odds are much greater that you won’t win the lottery than you will.

This is indicative of the way we lead our lives—believing in the myths we grew up with. Here’s another example: believing it’s riskier to fly than to drive. On the contrary, research has clearly shown that it is riskier to drive than to fly. Yet because we have a natural horror of plane crashes, we tend overlook the safety factor of flying versus driving. This is similar to the mobile versus plant-based shredding argument: which is safer?

Dispelling shredding myths

The horrific scenario in most people’s minds about shredding goes something like this: the off-site plant based truck involved in a catastrophic accident and turning over on the interstate with your documents flying everywhere. Many vendors offering exclusively on-site shredding try to use this scenario as a “fear factor” to persuade you to use their service. Actually, the odds are far greater that an on-site truck owned by a less than reputable vendor is going to dump his load at a recycling center and compromise your un-shredded documents than an ADS’ on-site shredding truck being involved in such an accident.

The following scenario is commonplace for most vendors offering exclusively on-site shredding:  when the on-site shredding truck is full before the end of the day, the vendor has to dump it at a recycling facility where there is no background or drug testing required for their employees and no fiduciary responsibility to you at all. This could result in a potentially devastating data breach for your company.

Why ADS’ shredding choices are more secure…

ADS eliminates the risk of your business information being compromised during the disposal process by providing “closed loop” shredding for both our on-site and off-site shredding services. Closed loop shredding ensures that all of you confidential documents are mixed with thousands of pounds of other customers’ documents, making the theft of your information impossible.

With our off-site shredding 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. The same process is followed with our on-site service with the exception that your confidential files are shredded on-site at your facility.

Most vendors that only offer on-site shredding do not bale the shredded paper—exposing you to a privacy breach risk. What if something small such as a check passed through the shredding teeth of the on-site truck? It happens more frequently than you think! ADS has regimented processes that allow us to detect such incidences, immediately retrieve the document and shred it immediately to ensure confidentiality. In contrast, most on-site services dump full loads of un-baled shredded paper, thereby compromising the security of your documents.

…and more economical

ADS’ off-site plant based shredding solution is more cost-effective than the typical on-site shredding service. When you are forced to choose an on-site shredding service you are also incurring additional, hidden overhead costs associated with the following:

  • staff time, wages and benefits wasted on the witnessing process
  • reduced productivity
  • less focus on revenue-generating activities
  • false sense of information security

Off-site shredding eliminates these expenses and provides you with an additional choice for disposing of your business documents.

Whether you choose off-site or on-site shredding for your next document destruction project, ADS helps you minimize the odds of your confidential business records being compromised!

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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 ...