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How Does a Cross Cut Shredder Work?

Cross Cut Shredder

The Major Flaw of Strip Cut Paper Shredders

Unfortunately, this same kind of story is still happening to people all throughout America.

In the 1970s the US embassy in Iran was overrun. Before it was overrun, the embassy was in a hostage situation, and the embassy employees, who were unable to burn certain documents, had to make do with a low quality strip cut paper shredder. Later on, Iranian basket weavers were able to reassemble the documents. You can find a picture of these papers at the bottom of this page.

If only they had used a cross cut paper shredder…

So how does a cross cut shredder work? Quite simply, it will reduce your personal documents into small particles, little more than confetti. Hence its nicknames: the confetti cut shredder, or the particle cut shredder.

Its best feature is guaranteeing that your business documents will be shredded safely. As the story above shows, a strip cut paper shredder doesn’t always ensure that your personal information is kept safe.

What is a Cross Cut Shredder?

Cross cut shredders were expensive and considered as exotic back then, but not anymore. Now, it’s much easier to get one to take care of all your security needs.

If strip cut shredded papers can be reassembled, as the story above proves, then you can see why garbage snoopers are a cause for concern. Because of them, you have to shred papers, and you have to shred them well.

While you might be thinking that cutting up papers or credit cards using scissors is good enough, it really isn’t. It’s true that most thieves won’t bother to put the pieces back together, but, then again, some will.

In fact, there are real cases of credit card applications being pieced back together and then mailed in, and actually getting accepted! These cases show that ripping them up doesn’t work.

Now that you know why you need a cross cut shredder, we’re going to answer the question that everyone’s now asking: “how does a cross cut shredder work”?

How Does a Cross Cut Shredder Work?

First of all, cross cut shredders aren’t just for papers. A micro cut shredder can also cut up credit cards and cds/dvds into finely cut parts that are smaller than ants.

Cross cut shredders are classified based on the size of the particle. The particle size is what defines the security level of the shredder.

Keep this in mind too: the smaller the shredded paper particles are, the less sheets that can be shred at a single time. This is because of the stress that’s put on the motors. This is one major limitation on store bought cross cut paper shredders.

For the highest level of security and convenience, there’s nothing better than a mobile paper shredding service that offers NAID (National Association of Information Destruction) sanctioned high-security shear shred.  See our article on onsite document shredding to learn more.


Document Disposal Company

What is a document disposal company today, and why are they necessary? Well, just consider this startling fact: on average, the total loss per fraud victim was last recorded at $6,278. The average out of pocket expense for consumers was just over $400. It took an average of 25 hours to resolve each case.

With a society that’s becoming more aware of these statistics, people are now worried more than ever about identity theft. In this digital age, the first thing we think about concerning identity theft is safeguarding our computers and smart phones.

However, many people don’t place enough (or any) importance on discarded documents containing their personal information. There are still plenty of old fashioned criminals out there who would love to look through your thrown away documents. Don’t let them!

Why Do You Need A Document Disposal Company?

The most important reasons why businesses need to work with a document disposal company are:

  • preventing identity theft
  • protecting the identities of customers
  • ensuring compliance with state and federal laws

Besides these reasons, there are some other little known benefits of hiring a document disposal company. They are:

  1. Customer comfort. Your customers will be comfortable knowing that you won’t leave their documents lying around. You’ll have a plan to destroy documents when they’re no longer needed and this plan can be custom scheduled to your liking.
  2. Prevent corporate espionage. Technology companies in particular rely heavily on innovation to stay ahead of the game. Therefore, it’s paramount that you safeguard your company’s secrets with a shredding policy to prevent other technology companies from copying them.
  3. Eco Friendly. Although counter-intuitive, shredding is actually good for the environment. Shredding documents makes them easier to recycle – it’s a win win!

How Does A Document Disposal Company Work?

A document disposal company is the most cost effective and practical solution for any medium to large business’s shredding needs.

You might be thinking that you can get by with just an in house shredding machine, and that hiring a document disposal company is an unnecessary expense. Well, just consider this: shredding is a business expense, and it isn’t just limited to the shredder.

The expense also comes in the form of employee salary when shredding. Shredding machines can only handle so many documents while going at a fixed rate of speed. Our shredding trucks can knock out thousands of documents in minutes. Finally, it should be noted that corporate espionage is statistically more likely to come from within your own company. Therefore, hiring a document disposal company is more secure and affordable than shredding documents yourself. In situations like these, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

You also don’t have to do anything! At IntelliShred, we come to YOU and shred all of your documents right in front of you. If you don’t have time to watch that’s fine as well because we record the process to further ensure you that your documents were disposed of in a secure manner. When you enlist the help of a document disposal company, you free up more time for yourself, and in the end, your business as a whole.


These are the main benefits of hiring a document disposal company for your business:

  1. You’ll be in full compliance with the law 100% of the time.
  2. You’ll prevent harmful rumors from cropping up about your company and protect your company’s reputation, as well as the reputation of your clients.
  3. You’ll give your company a more eco friendly image.

If you have any more questions or would like a free consultation, feel free to contact us.

High Volume Shredding

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 1995 changed how businesses discard paper goods. Companies are now responsible for selecting an employee to discard thrown away business documents.

Now, if you’re thinking about high volume shredding, then you’re probably a medium to large sized business. With this kind of business, there are many forms filled with company secrets, and customer data, which all must be kept safe. Without a proper shredding schedule, it can be difficult to keep track of all these different documents. The possibility of in house leaks also becomes higher.

However, with a high volume shredding schedule, you’ll reap the following benefits:

  • efficiency
  • more storage space
  • more room for new office equipment

How Does A High Volume Shredding Service Work?

With a high volume shredding service from a mobile shredding company, it will happen like this:

  1. Huge folders of paper will be tossed into the truck, and they will get shredded in seconds. No need to worry about removing staples, paper clips or bindings.
  2. You can set a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule for shredding.
  3. You’ll be provided with a certificate of destruction, which you may need for audit purposes.

The shredding laws can be complex, so having a professional shredding service back you up makes it simpler.

Why Do I need a Document Shredding Company?

Here are 5 reasons why hiring a high volume shredding company is a good idea:

  1. With the sheer amount of high volume shredding many businesses require, a store bought shredder just won’t keep up with demand.
  2. Assigning an employee to shred documents isn’t a good idea. Even if you paid that employee minimum wage, you’d still be paying more than what you would be paying a shredding company. Besides that, why waste your employee’s time shredding papers? Time is money, so don’t waste it. Shredding machines also require repairs, especially if you’re doing high volume shredding.
  3. According to the FTC safeguards rule of the GLB Act: private data must be monitored for destruction. A mobile shredding service provides an observation screen where you can watch the shredding while it happens.
  4. Non compliance with state laws can lead up to $1,000 fines; violation of federal laws could lead up to fines of $2,500.
  5. Finally, it’s the ethical thing to do. Stolen information hurts your customers and your business’s PR.

Corporate dumpster divers have cost companies millions of dollars. Don’t become another victim – schedule high volume shredding with us today.

Destroy Documents

Identity Theft Increasing

Why is it important to destroy documents? There are two main reasons: legality and identity theft.

In 2014, about 7% of U.S. residents (age 16 and over) were victims of identity theft. As troubling as this fact is, this was way back in 2014; the statistics for identity theft have only continued to rise every year.

Why Destroy Documents?

The purpose of this post is to give a brief overview for the general public, as well as for companies and small businesses, about why we should destroy documents.

In short – anybody, big or small, can be a victim of identity theft. And besides that, we all must follow the law.

Avoid Identity Theft

Take this advice to heart and you’ll greatly minimize risk of identity theft.

There are other forms of identity theft, but paper identity theft is still prevalent because too many people are careless.

Tearing your bank statement in half and tossing it in the trash just won’t cut it (pun not intended). Old fashioned dumpster diving identity theft is still prevalent, and an identity thief can easily piece together documents disposed of in this manner.

Stay On The Right Side Of The Law

There may be laws where you live or work that require you to destroy documents. Be sure to do a Google search to learn your state’s laws about how to dispose of professional documents.

Certain companies like banks and health care facilities are required by the government to shred their employees and clients documents. Other people and entities, both large and small, should follow the same procedure.

Here are 3 things you should keep in mind when you’re ready to destroy documents:

  1. Learn The Laws

One example of such a law related to healthcare is HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). If you deal with employees’ personal medical information, then you should know about HIPPA. It applies to any healthcare professional who comes in contact with others personal medical information.

  1. Come Up With A Plan

Legally you must protect your customers and employees data, and you should also have written confidential shredding plans for doing so.

  1. Consider Professional Paper Shredding

If you have a lot of documents to shred and want to be more careful, then choose a service to come to your office to shred and destroy documents.

After the documents are destroyed, they will be removed and then taken off site to be incinerated. This is the safest and most convenient method to destroy documents in large quantities.

Middlesex County Shredding

Why is onsite document shredding so great?

You might be thinking that you can make do with a standard paper shredder. However, standard paper shredders really aren’t in the same league as professional industrial machines.  Our onsite Middlesex County shredding services at IntelliShred are at least twice as fast and twice as effective as a standard shredder.

First, your documents will be shredded into long strips, similar to a standard paper shredder – and then those strips will be shredded a second time, until those strips are nothing more than confetti. Now, you get the picture. Onsite document shredding is very effective.

But what other reasons would you decide to go for our Middlesex County paper shredding service?

In-House Leaks

If your company works with sensitive documents, then you have to consider the possibility of in-house leaks.

Ideally, you’d want the least valuable employees handling the mundane task of document shredding. However, if these are sensitive documents, then the risk is even greater that these employees might misuse them.

Time Is Money

Paper shredding large numbers of documents can take hours. Unfortunately, it has to be done.

Even if you have your most trusted and valuable people handle these sensitive documents, you’ll still be wasting several hours of valuable human capital.

Think about how much paperwork you have to shred on your own. Is it worth spending hours on this task, especially on a regular basis?


If you’re in the business of handling valuable information from clients, then they will want to know that their information is safe in your hands. They will think twice about doing business with you based on the level of security you provide. If you can show them that you send their documents to a professional onsite document shredding company, then their worries will be lessened.


And speaking of your clients – if your company shreds your clients’ documents, then all the liability is on you. If your employees misuse your clients’ information, your company could be the target of a lawsuit. However, when you hire an onsite document shredding company, more of the liability burden is shifted on us.


There are several options for document disposal, but all of them involve some degree of risk, or significant expenditure of time, not all shredding solutions are the same. With an onsite document shredding company however, both risk and time investments are greatly reduced.

Besides these benefits, utilizing our Middlesex County shredding services will give your company more credibility, which could be the deciding factor for getting hired by a new potential client.