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The Benefits of a Paper Shredder

While it doesn’t seem like an office essential, you’d be surprised about the benefits. Having a paper shredder in the office (and even at home) can be incredibly useful. Particularly when it comes to getting rid of paper that may contain sensitive information. For instance, bank account numbers or the employee payroll. Someone digging through the garbage might be able to pull out those files and cause havoc. We like to think our waste is safe once it’s gone, but that isn’t always the case. You don’t want to be one of the companies that has to scramble to keep your personal information safe. Whether it’s business budgets or employee contact information. It’s better to see it destroyed.

The number one reason every office should have a paper shredder is security. There is nothing like the peace of mind that personal information will remain secure. There are options for paper shredders, when it comes to blades. It’s recommended to go for the shredders that have multiple blades. Unfortunately, strip shredders have had incidents where scammers managed to put the strips back together and steal sensitive information. The smaller shredded paper (micro-cut shredder) is too hard to reconstruct, so it’s the safest option.

It’s also easier on the environment, which most people don’t know. Shredding your paper can reduce the carbon footprint of your corporation. By shredding your paper, you reduce the amount of paper you’re recycling. This, of course, reduces the waste on the environment. By turning full sheets of paper into smaller shreds, they take up less space. A bag of shredded paper can hold about three times more than a bag of regular sized paper. You can only imagine the impact that has over long-term use. With the environment in need for conscious individuals, it just makes sense to shred as much as you can. You can use the shredder for information that isn’t sensitive as well, simply to reduce your footprint.

Of course, with the spinning blades, there are many people who worry about the safety of paper shredders. For those who don’t know, cross cut shredders often come with automatic features that prevent unsafe handling. A small-sized shredder will often shut off immediately when the lid is removed, simply to prevent an accident. The larger shredders will shut off when the door is opened, preventing harm to the user.

You can also save money by purchasing a shredder. Especially if you use a waste service to recycle personal and sensitive information. There are companies that pick up your documents for shredding or you can simply purchase your own paper shredder and take care of the shredding yourself. Then, your only cost will be the removal of the shredded paper. Most companies simply leave these bags in the recycling, allowing the typical waste management to take the bags.

You can’t put a price tag on security and protection of sensitive information. The cost of an paper shredder is minimal. There’s no reason not to invest in one.

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