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Choosing A Paper Shredding Service in St. Louis

Data breaches, hackers, and corporate spies have changed the way companies manage their files. It’s critical to be protected against a data breach—there’s a chance it could cost your company millions of dollars. You also have to consider federal and state privacy laws like FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) to prevent hefty fines and bad PR.

How you dispose of your documents is just as important as how your company stores them. A documented shredding program protects you and helps reduce the amount of hard-copy files you have onsite while decreasing the chance of a data breach or low-tech hack.

So how do you start? Most companies buy a low-cost shredding machine to shred their documents in-house. The more you use these low-cost machines, the faster they break down—and your document shredding keeps getting pushed to another day.

Don’t stress about destroying critical business information—hire a professional shredding company in Missouri to handle your shredding for you. We know that deciding to use a shredding company is easy—but figuring out the shredding service you should use can be difficult. That’s why we put together a few things to think about that can help you find the right shredding service for your business.

Do you Need Mobile Shredding or Offsite Shredding in St Louis? 

St. Louis Paper Shredding’s partners offer two different services that can help you with your shredding project—mobile shredding services and offsite shredding services. A mobile shredding truck can come shred documents at your office while you watch, while an offsite shredding service can pick up your files and take them to be shredded at a secure St Louis plant.

Both options are very secure- you just need to figure out how comfortable you are having your records shredded by a third party. If you need to witness the destruction of your documents, mobile shredding is the right choice for you. If you’re just shredding files past their useful life, an offsite shredding service can save you some money.

Here are some things to consider when choosing the service that’s right for you.


The volume of documents, files, and records you have is how your project will be priced. It could be by the pound, by the box, or by the file cabinet- it just depends on which service you choose. Typically, larger volumes (10 boxes or more) are more worthwhile for a mobile shredding service or offsite pickup. The more paper you have to shred, the more economical shredding service is—but offsite shredding is definitely more affordable per box than mobile shredding.


There are no government agencies that regulate shredders- we recommend asking if they have a certification from the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID).  An “AAA” certification from NAID means the certification was verified by a third party.

Service Time 

How quickly do you need your documents shredded?  If you need it the next day, you need to verify that your St. Louis shredding provider can do it.  Most contractors need a minimum of two business days to schedule a pickup- and off-hours or weekend pickups will cost a little bit extra.


Before you agree to the pricing quoted to you, be sure to ask how the shredding company charges you for service.  A per-bin or per-box price is preferred over a per minute pricing structure.  It’s important to get multiple quotes to ensure your project was quoted at a fair price.

Get Free, No Obligation Quotes on Mobile or Offsite Shredding in St. Louis Today!

No matter which provider you select, using these guidelines will help you find a reputable, secure, reliable contractor near you that can get your shredding project completed quickly.

If you need mobile shredding, offsite shredding, or hard drive shredding anywhere in Missouri, St. Louis Paper Shredding can help! Fill out the form to the right or give us a call at (636) 238-3848 for free quotes on having a shredding truck come to your location and shred your documents while you watch!

St Louis Paper Shredding
15450 S Outer Forty Rd
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 238-3848