Why Shred?

Why Shred Your Documents?

Protecting your confidential information and that of your customers should be your highest priority.

Even one piece of paper with sensitive information could cost your company tens of thousands of dollars.  Document Destruction of Virginia can help you stay in compliance with federal and state regulations, through the use of our services.

The most cost effective way to protect your company and secure all of your sensitive information is to have on-going shredding services that will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction after each service.  This offers your business a record of compliance should you ever be faced with any sort of data breach within your workplace, helping reduce any fines that may occur.

Shred it All!

A helpful website to figure out what you need to shred is located at Fight Identity Theft.  They ask the question: Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card receipts, account numbers, or your social security number? The U.S. Supreme Court implies that the answer is yes. In the decision California vs. Greenwood, they stated that the “expectation of privacy in trash left for collection in an area accessible to the public… is unreasonable.”

In other words, when you throw something in the trash, it is available to anyone willing to overlook the disgusting smells and textures of your trash can or dumpster.

A comprehensive list of items that definitely need to be shredded.

  • Address labels from junk mail and magazines
  • ATM receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate copies
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Documents containing maiden name (used by credit card companies for security reasons)
  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
  • Documents relating to investments
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Unlaminated identification cards (college IDs, state IDs, employee ID badges, military IDs)
  • Legal documents
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • Items with a signature (leases, contracts, letters)
  • Luggage tags
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with a Social Security number
  • Pre-approved credit card applications
  • Receipts with checking account numbers
  • Report cards
  • Resumés or curriculum vitae
  • Tax forms
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Used airline tickets
  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, Internet)

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Recap, Why Shred?

  1. It's the law Many companies in the financial, medical, and consumer fields are required by law to shred documents instead of throwing them in the trash.
    News agencies report on a daily basis that identity theft is an enormous problem. Help protect your customers’ personal information.
    Protect your company’s trade secrets; dumpster diving is legal. Don’t let sensitive information leave your facility without being shredded on site.

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