How much does on-site shredding cost?

The cost of document shredding depends on a number of key factors, such as: how much there is, how accessible it is, what the postcode is and whether on-site or off-site shredding is required. Topwood are able to provide on-site document shredding and off-site document shredding services for both paper shredding and media shredding. We can also offer off-site product shredding for the destruction of uniforms and branded products. Read on to find out how we work out our prices for your confidential shredding. The prices for all of our confidential shredding vary according to the particular service and there are discounts available for high volume shredding. Our prices are based on fixed pounds (£) per kilogram (KG) as this provides full transparency. For our document shredding services, our mobile shred trucks weigh all material so we know exactly how many kilograms have been shredded and therefore provide invoices based on that amount.

Key factors that affect the cost of document shredding:

Type of material to be shredded (paper documents, media, products) Shredded on-site or off-site Shredding / collection location (are you on one of our regular shredding routes?) How accessible is the material (for example if in a basement or attic) The quality of the paper (is it all white paper, or mixed?) Whether any shredding receptacles are required prior to the shred visit (e.g. shred sacks and tags) We will always provide a competitive quote based on your preferred unit based on our £ per KG rates, for example per box (depending on the box size), per pallet or per sack (we supply paper and poly-prop sacks). You will receive a certificate of destruction after your documents have been disposed on safely and securely.  

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Questions we’ll ask you about your shredding:

How much do you have to shred? We will ask you to try and quantify it into bin bags, archive boxes or wheelie bins – and ask you how many you have (e.g. 5, 10, 50 etc.?)
What is your postcode? We need this to determine if you are on one of our regular routes and how accessible your location is. This will help us give you the most competitive prices.
Would you like on-site or off-site shredding? If you would like more information about our on-site document shredding service and our off-site document shredding services click on the links.
  Our sales team take into account each of the criteria above to give you an accurate quote that reflects the service you require.
Take a look at our on-site document shredding process in the videos below.

How much does it cost to shred documents?

Unlike some of the national shredding companies we do NOT charge per minute – this encourages inefficiencies… the slower the shredding the higher the cost! Often for customers it is hard to estimate the total KG for us to quote on, instead it is easier to estimate the number of units. For example how many: lever arch files, archive boxes, sacks, linear metres of filing, pallets or filing cabinets to be destroyed. With this information we can estimate the number of KG and convert that to a quote in the unit of measure that you have. This process allows you to calculate a total job cost and compare like for like with other shredding companies.

What do you do with shredded paper?

where does recycled paper go?At Topwood, our customers’ shredded confidential papers are transported to the paper mill inside our secure shred trucks for recycling. At the recycling centre, the paper is made into pulp as the fibres of the shredded paper are separated. The pulp is put through a screening process – filtering out inpurities and preparing for printer ink removal. The newly recycled pulp is mixed with fresh pulp to manufacture new paper products.

Can you shred electronic data?

Yes! The physical destruction of electronic media is the safest way to ensure your confidential information can never be recovered. The on-site destruction of hard drives, backup tapes and mobile devices is preferred by many compliance and IT managers as it means they can witness the destruction and ensures a data breach cannot occur. Take a look at our media destruction page for more information.

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Document Shredding FAQ: How do we pay for your services? FAQ: Do I need to remove staples or other stationery before shredding? FAQ: What is the difference between on-site and off-site shredding?