Why Shred your documents?

Posted on: June 15, 2011

Jason Knight, owner of TrueShred, has great tips about shredding.  The Scan Man highly recommends TrueShred for secure and affordable service.  Visit to request service.

Stealing Trash is LegalPrevent Dumpster Diving

So said the United States Supreme Court in 1988, ruling, “Once an item is left for trash pick-up, there is no expectation of privacy or continued ownership.” According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), discarded paper is one of the principal sources of information for identity thieves. Secure destruction of sensitive material helps you and your company avoid:

  • Loss of trade secrets
  • Fraud
  • Embarrassing publicity
  • Litigation, fines and penalties
  • Identity theft

It’s the Law

Legal Responsibility to Shred

You have a legal obligation to ensure the privacy of your clients and employees by responsibly destroying discarded confidential information.

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1995 requires healthcare industry professionals to responsibly destroy discarded patient information.
  • The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) of 2003 was enacted to help reduce the risk of identify theft by requiring responsible destruction of discarded consumer information.
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) of 1999 requires banking and financial institutions to protect the confidentiality of consumer data.

Save a Tree (or an Entire Forest)

Shredding is Good for the Environment - Go Green

When you partner with TrueShred, you also fulfill an environmental responsibility. We recycle tons of paper each year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each recycled ton of paper fiber saves:

  • 17 trees
  • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 360 gallons of water
  • 100 gallons of gasoline
  • 60 pounds of pollutants
  • 10,400 kilowatts of electricity