There is no shortage of answers to the question, "Why Shred"
The better question is, "Why should I use ShredStation?" We can help you...
- Residential – What's your time worth? Sitting in front of a personal shredder and shredding a mere "6 pages at a time to avoid paper jams" and overheating is not most people's idea of time well spent. Between lost time and the cost of replacing shredders, outsourcing your shredding can prove to be a valuable alternative. Simply Put, home pick-up service is more efficient and saves you time and money.
- Business – are you paying one of your lowest paid employees to do your shredding and handle your company's most sensitive documents? You shouldn't be. If a $10/hr. employee spends 30 minutes a day using a personal shredder, that's 2.5 hours a week that they could have been doing something more productive to move the company forward. A recurring service program eliminates the need to purchase an unreliable shredder and lets you stop wasting money on employees shredding documents.
Prevent ID Theft
- According to the Federal Trade Commission's 2008 statistics, 1 in 6 Americans will be a victim of identity theft. In the last twelve months 9.93 million people have had some type of identity theft crime committed against them. Victims spend on average $1,200 in out-of-pocket expenses and an average of 175 hours in your efforts to resolve the many problems caused by identity thieves. Whether its shredding documents or destroying hard drives, the destruction of sensitive information plays a critical role in protecting one's identity.
Keep your private information private
- Protecting Company trade secrets and proprietary information is imperative for businesses to succeed. A formal document and electronic asset management policy should be in place for every company. An ongoing paper shredding program is part of it, but to be 100% protected, your service provider must be able to destroy hard drives and provide service to telecommuters as well.
Prevent Data Breaches
- According to The Identity Theft Resource Center's 2008 breach report, the total number of companies that were guilty of data breaches reached 656. This represents an increase of 47% over 2007's total of 446. Those 656 breaches were responsible for compromising the personal information of more than 35 million innocent people. Do you want to put your company on that list?
Comply with Privacy Legislation
A recurring service program and accompanying Certificates of Destruction can prove that policy is
in place. Recent legislation includes:
- There is no shortage of privacy legislation that requires the secure destruction of documents. Whether it's employee, customer or patient information, companies are not only required to destroy sensitive information, they're required to be able to prove they have a policy in place.
- Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
- Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- The Economic Espionage Act (EEA)
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
- Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
Protect the environment
If you through out your sensitive documents, they're probably not being recycled. If you have a ShredStation Express shredding service, 100 percent of your shredded documents will be pulped, milled and recycled. In fact, the recycled paper will be used to make common household paper products that you could repurchase off the store shelf.
For a complete list of things you should shred and a document retention schedule click here.