What is an annual shred, and why do businesses and individuals schedule them? A new year, and tax season are two common triggers that get businesses and individuals thinking about what they should be doing with their previous year’s confidential information. Annual shreds vary in size and scope depending on the volume of material that needs to be securely destroyed. An annual shred for one company can mean Shred Right is picking up hundreds of boxes of paper that contain outdated or expired employee records, old tax returns or bank statements/ returned checks. For another organization it could mean securely destroying all the hard drives that have accumulated in an IT department over the last twelve months.
There are hundreds of reasons why annual shreds happen. So how do you know if you need to schedule an annual shred, especially if you have regular bin service from an information destruction provider?
1.You have so much material that It can’t fit in your bin, even if you add another date to your current service schedule
In the past, when you’ve had extra material, you’d just add it to your bin when it wasn’t full, because your regular service was happening soon. However, because you just emptied out ten filing cabinets that were overflowing, your entire office would have to stop putting paper in the shred bins for a year to get all the material out of your office that came from the filing cabinet project. You might not have known that Shred Right will do a one time shred, or you might think it’s super expensive to have us come out separately, but we have a lot of customers who will do their annual shred along with their regular service. Can you imagine what you could be doing with the space that is currently housing un-used filing cabinets? Or is there a new way to allocate the space the used to be the file storage room? Imagine the possibilities!
2.You have product or IT that needs destruction
If you’re a Shred Right customer that has regular, scheduled bin service, we can shred product or hard drives for you in addition to your paper. -You won’t want to stack up the product or hard drives next to your shred bin and hope your driver will take them. Rather, you will want to reach out to your salesperson to get a bid for a product or IT shred. You can fill out our online form here to also get a quote. Why shred your hard drives and product? Each hard drive contains so much data, the hard drive might as well be gold. Do you want to leave gold lying around your office? And don’t try one of these ways to destroy your hard drive. . .
In terms of product destruction, this might not apply to you if your company doesn’t manufacture or produce any actual products. However, if your organization creates one too many items, or determines an item is defective, Shred Right will securely shred it for you so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill or in a competitor’s hands. Product destruction is probably the least known of our shredding capabilities, but something that is really important for our clients who understand their carbon footprint and liability when products aren’t perfect.
3.You use Shred Right at your office, but not at home
Your office uses Shred Right, but you think your manager might notice if ten or twelve banker’s boxes full of paper from your basement show up some week. Shred Right takes care of residential shredding too. You can call us to perform an annual shred at your home too. We’ll come to you with our truck, and you won’t have to have an awkward conversation with your manager, or spend hours of “quality time” with your home shredder.
4.You’ve finally got years of files uploaded into the cloud, and you want the files out of your home/ office/ workspace, NOW!
You’ve painstakingly scanned all your paper files into the cloud. You’ve been staring at the pile of files for far too long. You are starting to feel like if the piles hang around much longer, they’re never going to leave! You can call Shred Right, we’ll remove your files, and your space will be yours again! Take a moment to congratulate yourself on a tedious project well done!
Is that annual shred sounding better and better? One phone call to your Shred Right salesperson or a few clicks on our online form here, and your annual shred will be scheduled! Save your sanity and the environment by getting your one time shred scheduled today!