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Records and information management

Secure Shredding Services

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

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Don’t let your documents become a liability—shred

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 core destruction services are centred around shredding confidential documents and paper records. We also offer a wide range of services for businesses, including consumer goods, clothes, accessories, electronics, digital media, hard drives, office equipment, and more. Anything you need disposing of reliably and securely, we can destroy it.

Optimise your secure shred programme

Regular programme monitoring is critical to minimising business risk, ensuring ongoing compliance, and managing programme costs.

  • Safeguard your organisation’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

Features and benefits of shredding

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Protecting confidential information

Our default double-shredding method, also known as cross-cutting, is a method of paper shredding significantly more secure than the traditional strip-cut method of destruction.

Protecting confidential information

Using an external provider to destroy your important documents means it is impossible for criminals, fraudsters, or even commercial rivals to access your confidential information regarding your business, your clients, or yourself.

For unbeatable security, we also offer a high-security shredding service, which is used to reduce highly sensitive records or products to fine-grained dust. This is often a requirement for financial institutions or government organisations.

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Safeguarding the environment

Shredding paper records is an eco-friendly method of disposal.

Safeguarding the environment

All of the paper our services shred on your behalf is recycled in UK recycling mills, and many other materials can be recycled too.

Why shred?

For decades, businesses have been using shredding machines to ensure the safe disposal of confidential documents and paper records. However, standard office shredders are not entirely secure, they can be very expensive to maintain, and can be highly time-consuming to use. The good news is that cost-effective, outsourced shredding services are available. Here is why outsourcing shredding makes sense.
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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 hasardous materials
  • Biohasardous 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.

Can you pick up from my house or storage unit?

We service only businesses not residential locations, so please contact us to find out more. 

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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Why Iron Mountain?

We have the experience and expertise to streamline your organisation while keeping your enterprise and customer data safe and secure. Together, we elevate the power of your work.

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