What to Consider When Choosing a Shredding Services Vendor

February 20, 2019

by The Shred Truck

List of Things to Consider in the clipboard.Choosing a shredding services vendor can be daunting. Your time is too valuable to waste it while making multiple phone calls to get quotes and compare companies. We’re here to help. Here are several factors to consider when outsourcing your shredding:


Investing in a shredding service involves handing over sensitive and confidential information to someone outside of your organization. That’s why you must be sure you can trust your provider. Vet a potential vendor’s reputation by asking them for client references and contacting those references.

Local Ownership

There are several benefits to working with a locally-owned shredding company. First, the money you spend with them is more likely to stay in your community. Second, a locally-owned shredding company takes more time to understand your shredding requirements, so you receive a customized destruction solution. Lastly, you never have to phone a 1-800 number, and wait on hold with a call center just to schedule a shredding project. Requests are met with a quick response, and local business owners understand that exceptional customer care is the foundation of their business.

Fair and Honest Pricing

You should never feel held hostage by an expensive, long-term contract while suffering poor service. Nor should you have to pay for expensive add-on services that don’t add value to your privacy protection strategy. Look for a shredding services provider who provides the following:

  • Month-to-month services
  • Free shredding container placement
  • The ability to cancel service anytime

NAID AAA Certification

The National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) is the international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. NAID AAA Certifiedshredding providers are subject to stringent, unscheduled audits confirming their compliance with the following standards:

  • Personnel screening practices
  • Equipment and facility safety
  • Insurance requirements

Partnering with a NAID AAA Certified shredding services vendor ensures your information is destroyed according to the highest standards in the industry.

Service Options

You should never have to modify your information destruction project to meet a shredding company’s requirements. Rather, your shredding service provider should tailor a solution to meet your unique needs. Verify whether a prospective shredding vendor offers a variety of service options, including:

  • Recurring scheduled shredding
  • One-time shredding purges
  • Drive-up and drop-off shredding
  • Hard drive and media shredding

Make sure your confidential information is destroyed on-site at your premises by a background-screened, trainer shredding technician using industrial-grade equipment.

For more tips on selecting a shredding services vendor, please call us at 314-729-9200 or complete the form on this page.

The Shred Truck™ provides NAID AAA Certified mobile, on-site paper shredding and hard drive destruction services in and around St. Louis, Missouri.

Call The Shred Truck™ for Shredding Today or Tomorrow at 314-729-9200

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