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Bradshaw Shredding can confirm that following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister it is business as usual subject to following the latest government guidance with regard to protecting our staff and customers.
We've answered some of the most commonly asked general questions about shredding below. If we've not answered your questions here or on our website, please get in touch - we're glad to help!
Yes, many of our business clients set up a scheduled shredding service with us to collect their documents to be shredded. The schedule is completely up to the company - there's no minimum or maximum frequency for shredding collections. Paper to be destroyed is normally collected in the office in lockable consoles, which we also can provide
Absolutely! Our shredding location in Leicester allows for you to observe your documents being shred. This service is available by appointment - more information on watching your paper being shred
Once your documents are shredded, they're mixed with other shredded papers, baled and then recycled - you may end up with your shredded documents as your loo roll or kitchen paper!
You don't need to remove any staples, clips or binders before shredding
Simply place your shredding in an archive storage sized box, one of our shredding bags, or a strong bin bag
If you're using one of our secure shredding consoles, just place your documents to be shred inside and we'll do the rest for you when we collect your shredding
Once your documents are shredded, they'll be recycled - you may end up with your shredded documents as your loo roll or kitchen paper!
Anyone can buy a small shredder for £30 - but you should consider several things before choosing this route. In general, most home and business shredding machines do not shred your documents in a way that cannot be put back together again, either by hand or by software
Consider the time it takes to shred papers one or two at a time - and the mess!
How will you dispose of the shredded paper, and where will you store it before disposing of it? Using a personal shredder and putting the shredded paper into your rubbish or paper recycling collection bins still leaves you exposed to risk, as the paper can be reassembled either manually or using software. Some people like to shred documents as they go using a small machine, and then have us shred it again for added security
In general, most home and office shredding machines do not shred your documents in a way that cannot be put back together again, either by hand or by software that's readily available online
The image above shows paper from an office shredding machine - it took just a few minutes to reassemble the paper (much like a jigsaw puzzle) and be able to read the contents!
Our shredding machine produces 16mm random length cross cut shredding, which is then mixed with other shredding, baled, and sent for recycling
Our shredding sacks hold roughly 12-13 kilos of paper to be shredded
Our shredding sacks are reusable nylon hessian bags, which are sealed with a security tag at your premises, and only opened when the contents are emptied into the shredding machine. We've found these sacks are the most environmentally friendly method, as they can be used repeatedly
We will accept your documents to be shred in cardboard boxes (roughly the size of an archive storage box), and your own bags. If using your own bags, please ensure they are secure as some bin bags easily tear under the weight of the paper and sharp edges