Shredding FAQ

What items can be put in shred bins?

  • Office paper (any color)
  • Paperclips and staples
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Manilla folders
  • Binder clips (small)
  • Patient folders with metal tiebacks

What items cannot be put in shred bins?

  • Phone books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Three-ring binders
  • Hanging file folders
  • Photographs, film or x-rays
  • Stickers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • ALL plastic materials
  • Garbage
  • Digital media of any kind

What Size Jobs Do You Service?

At Alaska Archives, no job is too big or too small to handle! We provide document shredding services for all job sizes and types. We work with clients from small offices to large corporations. Depending on your needs, you may select from our on-site or off-site shredding options, both of which follow strict security measures, and are 100% effective. Feel free to drop off all of your sensitive documents for shredding purposes, or we will work with you to determine a pick-up schedule that works for best for you. We provide on-site destruction services for large volumes of paper and/or purge requirements.

Does Paper Need to Be Sorted?

No, it does not. Simply dispose of your unwanted confidential documents in the lockable bins/consoles we provide you with. There is no need to worry about removing anything; this includes any paper clips, staples, or binder clips. Our equipment will effortlessly shred through these.

How do I know Everything has Been Properly Destroyed?

We allow our clients to witness the entire process firsthand, which means you can watch a closed circuit TV monitor that is hooked up to our mobile shred trucks. We also provide you with a Certificate of Destruction following the completion of each shred job, verifying your information has been properly destroyed and completed in accordance with privacy legislation.

What Happens to the Paper Following Shredding?

After the paper has been shred securely, the minuscule pieces are collected for the recycling of new paper products.

What Types of Containers/Consoles are Provided?

We provide lockable collection containers and bins of various sizes, for your collection needs. Our team will assess your current paper consumption and disposal practices, and provide recommendations based on that. These containers are provided to you free of charge with our paper shredding services.

What Should I do if Our Console/Container Reaches Capacity Before Service Time?

If your container reaches capacity prior to your scheduled service date, simply contact us. We’ll be happy to arrange an appropriate pick-up time for you. If it continues to take place in the future, we can provide you with additional containers, or adjust the frequency of your service.

Do You Provide Residential or Home Based Shredding Services?

Yes, we do. At Alaska Archives, we believe it’s just as critical to securely shred all confidential information, regardless of whether it comes from a residence or organization. Depending on the amount of paper you need to be destroyed, it may be more ideal to drop your documents off at our facility. If you are unsure, a representative from Alaska Archives will gladly speak to you about your options.

Do You Shred Other Material?

We can shred all sorts of material, but typical paper is the most common. And instead of using conventional strip-cut shredders, we use crosscut shredding technology that reduces the paper to fine, confetti-like pieces. Our advanced shred technology allows us to securely destroy paper, computer hard drives, and even smartphones and cell phones.

How Regularly do Your Employees Receive Training?

Our technicians receive regular, on-going training specifically geared to changes and updates to privacy legislation, and information security. As well, all new employees experience rigorous background checks for additional security. We guarantee the best possible secure service, from the most qualified team.