What is a shredding console and what are the benefits?

A console is a lockable, confidential paper disposal container and is a secure and efficient alternative to using office shredders. Consoles, also called receptacles or containers, are supplied free on loan as they are an integral part of a secure regular shredding service. Each console safely holds up to 40kg of papers (approx 3 archive boxes worth of paper). Read on to find out more.

Shredding Waste Bin

One of our office shredding consoles. Confidential paper

is posted through the top slop, and it cannot be retrieved.

Our consoles are stylish, freestanding cabinets with a lockable door. The letterbox opening allows for the easy disposal of unwanted papers and documents and the baffle plate inside means nothing can be retreived. We do provide an authorised person with a key so in the event papers are mistakenly deposited they can be retrieved.

The consoles are available in a variety of colours and sizes to suit your workplace decor.

What are the dimensions of your shredding consoles?

confidential waste bin

Our lockable containers for the secure collection of unwanted confidential paperwork referred to as “consoles” or “shredding receptacles”, are slightly lower than a 3 drawer filing cabinet:

590mm wide x 390mm deep (front to back) and 900mm high.

The consoles are supplied free on loan as part of our secure data detruction programme. It is a fact that 85% of data breaches occur within an organisation and the ability for staff to safely dispose of unwanted papers and documents reduces the chance of security breaches.

Consoles ensure unwanted documents and papers can be easily instantly disposed of which means:

  • commercially sensitive information is not left exposed around the workplace
  • documents no longer required are not needlessly filed – unecessary archiving wastes time & space
  • clear desk policies are more enforcable which keeps the workplace tidy and productive
  • effort is not wasted removing paperclips and bindings required when using office shredders
  • staff do not spend their valuable time shredding papers.

A quick assessment and our expertise will determine the best number of consoles and visit frequency. Once the consoles are in use we feedback to you their fill rate by weighing the contents as we shred. This information allows adjustments to be made to ensure you have the right ‘console mix’ for optimum waste management and cost control. Read on to find out more.

How many office consoles do I need for my office?

At Topwood we tailor regular confidential shredding services for customers using information about the office and business type, combined with our extensive experience in office waste management.

Our process:


We will measure your workplace needs by completing a quick assessment involving:

  • Number of people in the office or each working area
  • The nature of the business and industry
  • Size of the office, access etc
  • Non-confidential paper recycling policies and waste streams
  • Existing confidential disposal arrangements (including use of an office shredder)

We then recommend a number of consoles and a visit depending on your requirements and our extensive experience in office confidential document disposal.

Each console is barcoded and the driver records the weight in each console. This information is fed back to the customer and we alter the number of consoles, or the frequency of the shredding visit. The feedback identifies who are the biggest users and helps efforts to reduce paper use. By making efforts to go paper-light you will contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Example 1 – A company starts with 3 consoles with on-site shredding every 4 weeks. The contents are weighed prior to shredding and roughly each console is consistently 60% full. In such a case we would suggest we supply an additional and reduce the visit rate down to every 8 weeks.

Example 2 – Another company has 2 consoles on a 4 weekly visit arrangement.

When we visit to empty and shred the contents, both consoles are full. We would recommend that they add another console to their offices.

As a leading independent data destruction company our flexibility is a key competitive advantage over the ‘one size fits all’ national shredding companies. We pride ourselves on our customer service and communication.

Our business philosophy is that of continuous process, and finding the right combination is no exception. As a professional shredding business we have the capacity to adjust visits to suit customer requirements. For example we can easily schedule extra collections if required.

Confidential Waste Bin

With the increased need for data destruction we can provide consoles that securely hold both documents and data (tapes, discs, USBs, hardrives). With our modern shred trucks we can shred on-site both documents and data during the same visit with our separate shredders. Find out more about what is a dual console here.

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