The Allegheny Shredding Blog

Sep 8, 2023

Signs It’s Time to Kick Your Shredder to the Curb


An annoyed woman is sitting at a desk and throwing her paperwork into the air in frustration.You expected so much more out of your relationship with your shredding machine, but lately you’ve been suspicious that it isn’t holding up its end of the bargain. You’re now wondering if the writing is on the wall telling you it’s time to kick the shredder out.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Kick Your Shredder to the Curb?

1. It Costs More Than You Intended

Money isn’t the only deciding factor in this relationship, but it is a factor. Like so many other people, you assumed that using an office shredder was going to be cheap, but it didn’t work out that way. The shredder’s true personality eventually revealed itself to be:

  • painfully slow, chewing up valuable staff time as they stand there feeding in two or three pages at a time
  • a waste of even more valuable staff time as they fix jams, empty the receptacle, and clean up the mess of confetti-like paper shreds strewn about
  • expensive, because not only do you have to purchase, maintain, and replace the shredding machine, you don’t even want to know how much valuable time has been spent using it (or trying to)

2. It Leaves You Vulnerable to Data Breaches

You already know that dumping shredded or whole documents into your garbage or recycle bins is a recipe for disaster. You’re well aware of dumpster divers and the fact that your garbage and recycling is public property once it is set out for pickup…which makes you wonder if the shredder is adequately destroying your paper so that it can’t be read or reconstructed.

And then there’s the fact that, as much as you hate to admit it, your employees can’t always take the time to stand over the shredder. Too often, you have seen files sitting out in the open, stacked files near the shredder, and even file boxes full of information waiting for someone to tediously shred it a few sheets at a time. How could that be secure when anyone walking through, the cleaning crew, and even unauthorized employees could get ahold of confidential information?

If there’s even the slightest possibility of a data breach, finding an alternative to the office shredding machine is a must.

3. It Could Ruin Your Reputation

You have a brand or hard-earned reputation to protect, being in a relationship with a shredding machine that leaves you open to a data breach could destroy it all. If a data breach originates at your business, you could face legal issues, fines, and in extreme cases, even be forced out of business. Now is the time to move on to a secure shredding solution.

Dump the Shredding Machine

The bottom line is, your office shredder is putting your business at risk. It’s time to break up with that machine and switch to a secure shredding solution. Partner with a local shredding company that uses industrial-strength shredders to destroy your data permanently. Choosing a reputable shredding company will actually save you time and money, reduce your data breach risk, and help you protect your reputation.

Hook Up with a Local Shredding Partner

Allegheny Records provides secure, on-site shredding and off-site shredding services in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. We will keep your information secure and help you stay compliant with state and federal data privacy laws. If you’re ready to ditch your shredding machine, give us a call at 412-381-1010 or complete the form on this page. Our friendly shredding experts are standing by to answer all of your questions.


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