Document Shredding is a Sustainable Environmental Practice

Posted by Dustin Rushing

Home and business owners often recognize their need for shredding services, but shy away when they think about the volume of paper and materials they’ll need carted off. This is especially difficult for business owners who turn out high quantities of documents a month. They end up storing all this unneeded material, hoping an environmentally friendly solution will present itself.

They could recycle, but what about security, particularly in situations involving confidential information required by law to be protected? Or they could have it shredded, but what happens to the volume of paper?

Isn’t that a waste?

At Shred America, we’re happy to say our shredding services make the best of both worlds possible.

How are shredding services environmentally sustainable?

With our shredding services, clients can dispose of documents and more in a highly safe and secure way, while also reducing their ecological footprint.

Shred America prioritizes smart, sustainable business practices. It’s a priority of our process to remain environmentally friendly while keeping our clients’ shredded information secure and in proper accordance with laws and regulations.

How does Shred America do this?

For starters, we maintain a plan to minimize waste. We work with an extensive network of secure, qualified paper mills to properly recycle everything we shred. We also make a point to work with suppliers that have their own green initiatives and share our dedication to environmental responsibility.

Other sustainable shredding efforts include:

  • Ultra-efficient mobile shredding trucks – Our trucks consume less fuel per pound of paper shredded than any other system. Our trucks also meet the EPA’s low emissions standards through the use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and B5 Biodiesel.
  • Eco-friendly consoles – Shred America’s collection consoles feature low emissions materials while ensuring the security and longevity our customers need, and our rolling bins are completely recyclable.

We want our clients to feel like they don’t have to choose between protecting themselves and the environment. With our shredding services, they don’t. Shred America recycles, on average, over a million pounds of shredded paper per month, giving new life to your old documents in a completely secure way. According to EPA calculations, our clients have saved:

  • 22,050 cubic yards of landfill material
  • 107,100 trees
  • 44,100,000 gallons of water
  • 2,394,000 gallons of oil
  • 25,830,000 kwh of energy
  • 396,000 pounds of air pollutants

Shred America provides security and sustainability

We’re proud to provide both security and sustainability through our shredding services, and we’re proud of our clients for caring enough about both to make informed decisions. Sure, our practices cost us more to uphold, but we know it’s worth it, and we’ll remain committed to sustainable practices.

So, you don’t have to choose. If you’re in need of shredding services, make the call. Contact Shred America at (866) 957-2390 or on our site.