How Is Shredding Different From Recycling?

Many people don’t know the difference between shredding vs recycling. Some, think that it is all the same but it’s not! There are a lot of key differences between the two you should know about and it could end up saving you time, money and the possibility of being a victim of Identity theft.

So what is shredding vs recycling?

When shredding, only paper is being shredded and then taken to a processing facility to be recycled. This is the difference with shredding vs recycling!

How many people are effected by identity theft?

According to Experian, in 2018 there was a total of 1,579 data breaches exposing nearly 179 million records! The most common is credit card fraud, with government documents and/or benefits fraud being the least.

It’s no secret that most fraud happens online or over the telephone but there are few cases that happen due to the improper destruction of certain documents.

Why shredding is NOT the same as recycling!

Paper that is sent to shredding are things that are confidential. These are things such as forms with social security numbers, tax ID numbers, credit card information, etc. Those are items that would need to be shredded.

Recycling paper is not the same as shredding paper. Paper that is sent to recycling is not confidential. These are things like magazines, newspapers, extra copies of non confidential documents you no longer need, etc.

Based on the chart below, how many of these do you think could be prevented if items such as bank account statements, credit card statements or even old tax filings would’ve been shredded instead of thrown away or recycled?

How does Access Records Management Work?

Access Records Management has shredding services for the public and for businesses. For the public, we offer drop off shredding. You can come to us and drop off your items you want shred. We will put it in a bin and lock it in front of you until it is ready for shredding!

For businesses we offer pick up shredding. We will supply the bin and drop it off at your business. You can either have an ongoing pickup or we can do a one time pickup. We would then take your bin and/or boxes back to our facility for shredding.

We will also provide a certificate of destruction so you won’t have to worry about your secure documents in the wrong hands!

If this sounds like something your company may need and you want to avoid fraud at all cost, give us a call! We’ll be happy to help you with your shredding needs or you can check out our recycling company Business Recycling Solutions, if you’re more interested in recycling!