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Records and information management

Secure shredding

Destroy your paper-based records at your commercial location in a safe and compliant way

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Shred your documents to reduce liability

Iron Mountain secure shredding services protect the privacy of your information by destroying paper records and documents, plastics, and media in a cost-efficient, safe, and compliant way.

Our online tools and on-demand reports covering key shredding metrics from usage to sustainability will help ensure efficiency and compliance.

  • Safeguard your organization’s reputation by securely shredding sensitive and confidential paper documents
  • Reduce costs by shredding documents no longer useful or necessary
  • Ensure compliance by shredding documents in accordance with federal, state, and industry regulations to avoid penalties, fines, or legal action

Whatever your needs and budget—Iron Mountain has a shredding service designed to help save you the time, effort and headache of managing document shredding on your own.

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What is it?

Purge a large amount of sensitive documents, either onsite while you watch, or picked up and shredded at one of our secure facilities.

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Service options:
  • Onsite shredding
  • The contents are emptied into the shred truck and destroyed while you watch.

  • Offsite shredding
  • Documents are transported to the nearest shredding facility.

  • Flex bin shred
  • Convenient shred bin rental service. No boxing required. Fill it at your own pace, and we'll securely shred it.

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Bulk paper shredding

Available for Purchase Online

Choose options:

Choose from offsite, onsite, and flex bin shredding service options.

Why choose this option?
  • If you have accumulated a large amount of documents that need to be destroyed all at once
  • If you’re doing an office clean out
  • If you’re moving or closing
Still have questions about shredding?

One of our specialists will be happy to get back to you within 24 hours.

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What is it?

Get your sensitive documents picked up and shredded on a schedule that works for you.

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Service options:
  • Offsite shredding
  • Documents are transported to the nearest shredding facility.

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Recurring paper shredding options

Available for purchase online

Choose options:

Choose from offsite, onsite, and flex bin shredding service options.

Why choose this option?
  • If you consistently produce confidential or sensitive documents
  • Maintain compliance with current data laws and regulations, including:
    • HIPAA
    • FACTA
    • GLB
    • SOX
How can we help?

Our secure shredding specialists are ready to answer your questions.

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Shredding programs to fit your needs

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Why shred?

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Declutter your office


Save time and reclaim space

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Protect employee and customer information

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Ensure your business is compliant with the law

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Grow customer confidence

How shredding works

Features and benefits of shredding

  • Shredding is the safest way to destroy unnecessary paper documents that contain confidential information
  • Shredding takes away the hassle of moving files boxes around your offices
  • Shredding frees up storage space while keeping employee and customer information safe and secure

For establishments that deal with extremely confidential information and the following types of businesses, document and paper shredding is not just suggested—it’s the law.

Why shred?


Nationwide coverage

More than 73,000 customers throughout North America rely on Iron Mountain’s secure shredding services. We shred more than 40,000 pounds of material per month throughout our network of secure shredding facilities and our recycling efforts helped save more than 4 million trees every year.

Purchase online or work with an expert

Your time is valuable; we understand. We also understand that you know what is best for you and your business. That’s why we created straightforward document shredding services that you can purchase directly online—anytime, anywhere—or work directly with an expert.
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Leader in document security

Since 1951, Iron Mountain continues to be a leader in secure document shredding. Our shredding services are NAID’s AAA-certified from i-SIGMA, which ensures that Iron Mountain meets the highest legal and compliance regulations required for secure information destruction.
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Protect your brand and reduce information risk with Iron Mountain

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to choosing a document shredding service. Here’s why you should choose Iron Mountain.

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Privacy+ Certification from i-SIGMA

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NAID AAA Certification from i-SIGMA

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Researchers voted Iron Mountain the #1 Shredding Service

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Iron Mountain’s Sentinel training program was awarded the Learning in Practice Gold Award

NAID AAA certification from i-SIGMA

NAID from i-SIGMA is the only recognized independent source for security and ethics standards in the document destruction industry. NAID’s AAA-certification from i-SIGMA ensures Iron Mountain meets the highest legal and compliance regulations required for secure information destruction.

Services tailored to your needs

With the free Iron Mountain Connect online portal, you’ll be able to:

  • Manage your shredding services by viewing schedule visits and pending shredding orders at your convenience
  • Make on-demand shredding service requests, add or close locations, and change the frequency of your shredding service

On-demand reports that help you manage compliance and reduce the cost of your shred program

Our shred usage report is an invaluable tool, providing the insight you need to better manage your program. By reviewing this report and identifying key trends over time, you’ll be able to correct potential compliance issues before they impact your business and identify opportunities to reduce costs.

Trained and vetted personnel

Iron Mountain shred personnel pass comprehensive background checks and receive rigorous, ongoing training on secure shredding services. They’re experts in their field and take pride in knowing that they’re not just shredding documents—they’re protecting your business.

World-class facilities

Iron Mountain shred facilities provide some of the industry’s more advanced systems to safeguard your information, including:

  • Strict visitor policies
  • 24/7 closed-circuit television surveillance cameras
  • Intrusion detection and environmental control systems

Environmentally responsible

After securely shredding your documents, we recycle all shredded material and provide a Green Report to demonstrate your contribution to global sustainability efforts.

Our secure shredding services can cater to your specific business needs. Talk to our experts to learn more.

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Why work with Iron Mountain?

Why Iron Mountain ?

We have the experience and expertise to streamline your business while keeping your enterprise and customer data safe—and secure. We are especially proud to partner with hospitality groups. Together, we elevate the power of your work.

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Frequently asked questions

Learn more about our entire range of popular secure shredding services, or reach out to ask questions of your own.

What can I shred?

The following CAN be securely shredded:

  • Clean paper, any color and any size
  • Blueprints
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Brochures
  • Mail (including window envelopes)
  • Photographs
  • File folders, any color (no need to remove staples, paper clips, rubber bands, or small binder clips)

The following can NOT be securely shredded:

  • Cardboard
  • Wet or moldy material
  • Telephone books
  • Hardcover books
  • Plastic bags and packing material
  • Computer discs, CDs, or DVDs
  • Backup and VCR tapes
  • Transparencies
  • ID badges and driver’s licenses
  • Microfiche and microfilm
  • X-rays
  • Batteries (no batteries of any kind)
  • USB thumb drives
  • Computer parts
  • Printer and photocopier parts
  • Trash or hazardous materials
  • Biohazardous and medical waste (including needles and sharps)
  • Metals (including binders and hanging folders with metal hangers)
Why should I shred my documents?

Secure shredding allows businesses to safely destroy unnecessary paper-based documents that may contain confidential information. Shredding can help prevent identity theft or a data breach, free up space, and recycle documents.

How do I prepare for my one-time shred service?
  • Once you place your order online, you will be contacted by one of our customer support teammates to schedule the service date.
  • If using the offsite service, all material that needs to be destroyed should be placed in a dry box with a lid for our driver to pick up.
  • If using the onsite service, all material that needs to be destroyed should be removed from its current storage location and easily accessible by our driver when they arrive with the mobile shredding vehicle.
Can you pick up from my house or storage unit?

We do service most residential locations, so please contact us to verify that your location is accessible.

Is the paper shredded onsite?
  • If using the offsite service, paper is picked up from your location and transported to a shredding facility for final shredding. You can request a final “certificate of destruction” once the service is complete.
  • If using the onsite service, paper will be shredded onsite using a specially equipped mobile shredding vehicle.
I have a one-time shred service; how do I know my materials have been destroyed?

You can request a final “certificate of destruction” once the service is complete.

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