Mobile Shred or Burn it?

Which Is More Secure & Safer?

Mobile Shred or Burn After ReadingSometimes, we hear from clients that ask why they should use our mobile shred services instead of burning documents. After all, they claim that burning their documents gives them good security and, all things considered, it isn’t that bad for the environment. We’re here to tell you that they’re wrong.

Security First

Let’s talk about security first. When you call us to come out and shred your sensitive documents, our technicians (all ex-military or ex-law enforcement or ex-firefighters) arrive with a state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck. Our mobile shredder destroys documents to meet the standards set in stringent laws like the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. What would take you hours to shred via an office shredder takes us literally seconds.

Don’t Burn After Reading

When you burn documents in a burn barrel, you can’t even be sure that they’re destroyed. Paper doesn’t reliably burn until you hit around 480 degrees. This means that the documents in your burn barrel might still be at least partially readable when you think they’re destroyed.

Burning isn’t just bad for security. It’s bad for the environment, too. You might think that paper is just pressed wood pulp, but it’s loaded with chemicals. Paper is white because it’s bleached, and the process leaves behind dioxins. When you burn office documents, you release dioxins into the air. They can cause cancer, hormone problems and immune suppression. Based on an EPA survey, casual burning of trash including paper caused 57 percent of the dioxin and furan chemicals in the US environment.

Mobile Shred Makes Sense

If your business turns out other types of material that needs destruction, like CDs or plastic cards, burning them is even worse. Burning plastics releases hydrocarbons like benzene, volatile organic compounds and dioxin. Now you’re polluting the environment, releasing elements that shouldn’t be breathed. By using mobile shred services (for paper, plastics, office equipment) it can be recycled. We recycle 100% of everything we shred. That means it doesn’t end up in landfills. No burning means we don’t add to Southern California’s ever-growing smog problem.

Have you burnt sensitive papers? Why didn’t you choose a mobile shredding service instead?