The Top Things to Consider When Choosing an Information Destruction Solution

Choosing an information destruction solution is a decision that should be taken seriously. If the right choice isn’t made, you may lose money, receive poor customer service or even worse, have your data compromised. Here are the top things to consider when choosing an information destruction solution:

Experience and Ability

Every business and industry had unique compliance and audit standards that affect their information destruction requirements. As a result, it’s important to choose a provider that can tailor an information destruction solution exactly to your requirements.   For example, you may need a quarterly purge of files or weekly scheduled shredding. Or, your business may have non-paper items to be destroyed, including:

  • Hard drives, backup tapes and CDs
  • Outdated stock, expired promotional material or recalled products
  • Medical and pharmaceutical records

The right information destruction provider has the experience and ability to meet all of your information destruction needs.


Security is a major factor when choosing an information destruction solution. It’s essential to be able to trust that your information will be safeguarded at all times. A National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA shredding and destruction company uses verifiable, destruction processes. The following areas are continually audited by an independent security professional:

  • Operational security
  • Responsible disposal
  • Employee hiring and screening practices
  • Insurance standards

Screened and bonded shredding technicians use state-of-the-art collection and destruction technology to destroy your information.

Customer Service

As with any business service, you should expect nothing less than exceptional customer service from your information destruction provider. There’s nothing more frustrating than making a call to have your documents professionally destroyed and then being placed on hold indefinitely or speaking with someone who can’t answer questions. Fortunately, this never is the case with a private, family-owned information destruction company; prompt, personalized service is the rule rather than the exception.   As a result, you are guaranteed to receive excellent customer service every time you call.

Community Involvement

An information destruction solution doesn’t just benefit you or your business, it also has a positive impact on your whole community by reducing identity theft and business fraud risks. The right information destruction company takes extra steps to make your community a better place to live. For example, they may partner with local organizations to sponsor free community shred days, or their employees may volunteer with local charities or non-profits. As a result, you gain peace of mind knowing that your information destruction partner meets the needs of your community and your business.

Commitment to the Planet

An environmentally minded information destruction company extends their commitment from your community to the entire planet with sustainable, eco-friendly information destruction services. All material is responsibly recycled after being destroyed. Other environmentally sustainable practices they utilize may include:

  • Energy efficient, low emission shredding vehicles
  • Destruction bins made from recycled content
  • Strategic business partnerships that make resource sustainability a top priority

Use the above criteria to make sure your next information destruction solution provider is the right choice for your business.

Shred Guard provides NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction services for businesses throughout Atlantic Canada. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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