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FAQ: Do I need to remove staples or other stationery before shredding?

The removal of staples and other such fastners prior to shredding is costly, time consuming and can pose a breach of security. Failure to remove fastners jams office shredders and causes burn outs.

Our industrial shredders tear through these fastners saving you the hassle of removing them. Read on to find out more. 


It is likely that your files will have staples, paper clips, bulldog clips, treasury tags and other metal stationery keeping papers together. 

Our industrial shredders can cut through most things ... they can easily shred continuous printout paper, diaries, files and even lever arch files - staples are not challenging!

Paper for shredding can be destroyed and recycled even if the following are attached:
  • Staples
  • Envelope windows
  • Bulldog Clips
  • Spring file clips
  • Paper clips
  • Coiled wire bindings (found on notepads etc)
  • Plastic spiral bindings 
  • Polypockets
We recycle all the paper we shred.  
As guide, a contamination rate of 3% or less (by weight) is acceptable.  If the contamination (of staples, bindings etc.)  is more than 3% there is a danger the material can not be recycled and that may mean disposal charges will be incurred.  
If you have lever arch files and ring binders we can shred them but we need to know in advance as not all shred trucks can handle these files and it is likely that the contamination rate is more than 3% which affects our recycling rates.
Watch our video below showing documents for shredding, staples and paperclips going directly into the shredder.


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