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From medical records to financial and tax documents, there are plenty of documents that contain sensitive information you really should be shredding to avoid it getting into the wrong hands. Knowing what to keep and what to destroy can save you fines and more extreme negative consequences, such as financial and identity theft. At A1 Shredding & Recycling, your safety is our priority, which is why we’ve put together some information on documents you really should be shredding.

What should I shred?

There are many seemingly everyday documents and papers that may contain information that, when lost or stolen, could become dangerous for you or your family. This includes medical documents, insurance records, loan documents, legal documents, bank statements, financial records, Social Security numbers and documentation, PINs and personal information, pay stubs, account records, price lists and invoices, confidential correspondence and memos, customer lists, and more.

If you’re not sure what documents to keep, here’s a hint: Most businesses are required by law to keep some confidential client, company, and employee data. This usually includes tax records, business contracts, and other personnel files that may be regulated in the future.

However, at a certain point, this information must also be shredded to maintain security and privacy. Holding documents past the minimum retention period increases the risk of a data breach and non-compliance. Post-its and other scraps of paper can sometimes also include sensitive information, such as jotted down passwords or key codes. Non-solicited credit card and insurance offers and junk mail may also contain personal information, addresses, and other sensitive content that needs to be destroyed.

Secondary documents that contain back-ups of personal information, sensitive company information, medical records, and more must also be carefully inspected. These documents can often go forgotten because they are not primary papers, but they may contain information that is just as sensitive and important to get rid of.

Luckily, secure shredding, especially when provided by an insured and certified shredding service such as A1 Shredding & Recycling, ensures destruction of this information and allows you to breathe easy.

Stay safe and uncluttered

There is no current law that requires mobile shredding or removal of documents, only that they be destroyed by secure shredding services, so feel free to use either our mobile service for convenience or our slightly more affordable drop-off service for smaller shred loads. Shredding documents regularly can not only keep your information private, but it can also keep your home or business clean and organized.

Whether you are looking for a one-time shred or reliable locked bins that are regularly removed and destroyed by our specialists, we have the shredding services you need to remain compliant to the law and keep your information safe.

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