Do we have to remove paperwork from archive boxes?

As part of our paper shredding services, all contents of your boxes are tipped directly into the shredder. There is no need to transfer the box contents into shred sacks. Some on-site customers do choose to keep the boxes for re-use. If they are not retained by the customer they can be shredded too or baled up at Topwood for recycling. Read on to find out more.

When we collect your confidential documents for shredding, we will transport the boxes from your office shelves, straight to the shred truck. We can then either shred the entire box, or we can empty the box into the shredder so that you can keep your useful box.

shredding archive boxes

Shredding the entire box is not only quicker, but also more secure as there may be personal information on the outisde of the box.

With our document shredding service we can also clear storage rooms, shelves, and do a bulk archive removal and shred for you.

Can we have the archive boxes back after shredding?

Yes – customers often request we shred files directly out of archive boxes (or other containers) as this saves them the effort of transferring everything into sacks. If you wish to re-use the boxes we can return them empty once the contents have been securely shredded.

When carrying out a document shredding service where the customer has archive boxes there are two choices:

1) Shred the entire box and the contents

2) Empty the box into the shredder and keep the box to return to the customer

It may be cheaper to re-use boxes. However, if you have personal information written on the outside of boxes, we would recommend shredding the boxes.

Our storage service simply uses barcodes on the exterior of boxes to ensure all personal data is secure.

If you choose to keep your box remember:

Pieces of paper could get stuck to the sides of the box, and if that box is re-used and the paper is read, a security breach may occur.

Archive boxes that have been used multiple times will get weaker and weaker. Consider using strong Topwood archive boxes.

Remove any details on the exterior of the box that could be considered personal information

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