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On-Site Shredding vs Off-Site Paper Shredding: Which is Better?

September 28, 2023


When it comes to destroying your sensitive corporate documents, you have several options. You can shred them yourself, get a document shredding company to shred them at your site, or have the documents taken away to be shredded off-site.

Presuming you don’t want the headaches, data security risks and costs that come with document storage and managing the shredding and disposal of the documents yourself, you are left with choosing one of the last two options.

But which one is best for you?

The Differences Between On-site and Off-Site Document Shredding

Of course, their names tell you the big difference between the two shredding options. On-site shredding is the certified destruction of your documents at your site. Off-site shredding is the removal of the documents to another location for shredding.

Regardless of which one you choose, the most critical aspect of each one is that your documents are destroyed using the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID®) ‘AAA’ Certified shredding methods. The NAID’ AAA’ certification is your assurance that all the information on your documents is irretrievably destroyed. It’s the only way to rest assured that you have eliminated the data security risks of the information being leaked.

That said, once you choose a document shredding company that conducts NAID ‘AAA’ document shredding for both its on-site and off-site shredding, there is only one difference (other than where your documents are shredded).


Off-site shredding is less expensive than on-site shredding. So, choosing between the two shredding options is your preference. If you want the added peace of mind of watching your documents being destroyed and not having time to visit the off-site location, on-site shredding is the way to go. If you want to keep costs to a minimum, choose off-site shredding.

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