Paper Shredders and How They Can Save You Money
One thing all businesses have in common whether they are big or small is that they all produce paper waste that should be recycled. The larger the business the more paper waste there is and the more the business needs to recycle. There are a number of ways to deal with this paper pile up and the most common is to shred the paper to protect the private content of the pages as well as to make the paper easier to process and dispose of. Many businesses fail to realize however that paper shredding can actually help them save money and time and resources.
Types of Paper Shredders
- Strip-Cut- This is the most common type of shredder and is what is seen in most homes and businesses. It is set up with one set of blades that are designed to slice documents into thin strips. These strips can be anywhere from 1/2 inches to 1/16 inches wide. They can shred many pages at a time and are among the fastest of the shredders but they are not necessarily the most secure in terms of how easily the paper can be put back together.
- Cross Cut- These shredders are a step up from the strip-cut mentioned above as they use two blades to cut documents into small squares. These squares can range in size from 3/8 inches to 1/32 of an inch. They are more difficult to assemble and maintain but they do a better job at shredding the papers into small pieces that are virtually impossible to piece together again. They also generate less waste volume than strip-cuts so more fits in a bag.
- Micro-Cut- This type of paper shredder is designed to basically chew the paper into minuscule pieces. This shredder will cut your documents into tiny chips of almost confetti-like pieces. This is the type of shredding that is often needed for highly sensitive and personal information that cannot get into outsider’s hands. It provides an even higher level of security than a cross-cut shredder and its leagues above the strip-cut shredders.
- Industrial Paper Shredder- Industrial shredders are designed to handle the high volume and high frequency of paper shredding that larger business and industry level brands will often require. Larger shredding companies also use these kinds of shredders to handle the larger volume of paper material that they often deal with on a daily basis. Industrial shredders at times can also form the shredded paper into bales that make them easier to recycle.
- Cardboard Shredder- This is a shredder that is only found in industry level businesses that have larger volumes of cardboard to deal with on a monthly or weekly basis. Cardboard boxes cost a lot of money to dispose of and in shipping and packaging companies, they will use shredders to deal with the boxes that need to be disposed of. Cardboard shredders turn these boxes “filler” material that is then recycled as packing material for other boxes.
Saving Money With Paper Shredding Services
“If you’re looking for ways to cut costs and maximize revenue in 2017, partnering with a professional paper shredding service is a great place to start. Professional on-site shredding or off-site shredding eliminates many of the risks and extraneous costs related to in-house shredding practices. While managing shredding tasks in-house might seem like a cost-effective and time-efficient shredding solution, your business probably isn’t saving as much money and time as you think. In-house shredding can waste valuable employee resources, increases the potential for mistakes and pose security risks.” (Gilmore Services).
The point is that it doesn’t really matter if you are a big or small business, paper shredding services can be a lifesaver and can be a good service to look into. It can help you save money, make your business more productive, and helps reduce your waste and keeps all of your information and sensitive data protected. So check out the paper shredders available as well as the shredding services you can take advantage of! If you have questions about how your business can be better at recycling, give us a call at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources.