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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. Offsite shredding services tend to be a little more affordable, running around $110. Mobile shredding services tend to charge around $130 per visit to shred your documents onsite.

Learn more about the costs of document shredding services.

What is mobile shredding?

Mobile shredding is a service option that allows you to witness the shredding. A shred truck equipped with a shredder drives to your location and shreds your files 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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Can I drop off my paper to be shredded?

Drop off shredding services are usually reserved for small volume jobs. There are hundreds 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 Boston. Call us at  (617) 517-3036 for more information.

How much paper do I have to shred?

A standard bankers box holds roughly 30 lbs of paper or 2,500 sheets of paper. Drop off shredding is usually capped off at 100 lbs of paper or less.

What is a certificate of destruction?

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

Ask your shredding provider if they provide certificates of destruction if you want one for your records.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA compliance requires you shred all private information to protect it.
Enacted in 1996, HIPAA is a piece of legislation designed to simplify and standardize healthcare industry processes. Several rules within this legislation determine security guidelines that must be followed or the organization may 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 know someone who has experienced identity theft—and that it can take years to recover from.
Businesses are required to safely handle and dispose of sensitive information they have relating to their 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 Services in Boston?

Boston Shredding & Records is dedicated to helping customers find the right document shredding solution for their needs. We offer free quotes on a variety of services.

Call us at (617) 517-3036 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.