What Does (And Does Not) Go in the Shred Bin?

Document Shredding and Destruction
Last updated
April 25, 2024

No matter what business you’re in, data security is always a primary concern. Whether you’re a medical professional recording sensitive patient information, an executive passing along the script to a confidential meeting, or administration for a law firm keeping client records away from prying eyes, it’s important (and often, a legal requirement) that you keep certain things away from public viewing. This means that when it’s time to discard these sorts of documents, any old wastebasket or trashcan just won’t do. Secure Record Solutions provides clients with shred bins that make destroying sensitive documents a breeze, ensuring that none of your business’s secrets fall into the wrong hands.

SRS shred bins give their clients and customers peace of mind knowing that their confidential information will stay that way, while helping businesses remain confident in the safety and security of their data and operation.

There are a few general rules of thumb for making sure you get the most out of your shred bins

Though they’re easy and intuitive to use, it’s important to keep in mind just what does – and does not – go in a shred bin.
In general, any forms or documents printed or written on paper can be placed in the shred bin to be destroyed. Our shred bins don’t discriminate:

  • Personal information
  • Finance reports
  • Contact lists
  • Employee records

These and any documents containing identifying information can go in the shred bin for safe and secure destruction. Even better, papers bound by paper clips or staples can go directly into the shred bin without any fussy preparation, saving your business time and money while ensuring total, secure destruction of files.

There are, of course, some major “don’ts” when it comes to shred bins

Metal or plastic objects like batteries, electronics and other large, non-paper items should not go in the shred bin, as these can damage the shredding mechanism. Better to take these items to an appropriate recycling center instead.

Further, organic materials like medical waste or food items should not go in the shred bin. We’ve all felt guilty about keeping the leftovers from the occasional junk food lunch at the office, but the shred bin is no place for that leftover slice of pizza. Dispose of food or other organic materials in their proper wastebaskets or compost bins and keep your shred bin on a steady diet of confidential records and the like.

Following these simple rules of thumb will keep your data protected and our shred operations running efficiently, meaning you’ll always have a quick and simple way to ensure secure destruction of sensitive information for your business. Contact Secure Record Solutions to start shredding!

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