Secure shred container options and guidelines

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Choose the best secure shredding option for your organization and follow the shred bin guidelines

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secure containers

What can go in a shred bin:

  • 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 binders

What does not go in a shred bin:

Paper Exceptions

  • Cardboard
  • Telephone books
  • Hardcover books


  • Plastic bags and packing material
  • Computer discs, CDs, DVDs
  • Backup & VCR tapes
  • Transparencies
  • ID badges and driver’s licenses
  • Microfiche and Microfilm
  • X-rays

Hardware/Metals/Other Waste**

  • Computer parts
  • Printer and photocopier parts
  • Trash or hazardous materials
  • Metals (including binders, hanging folders, large clips)
  • Batteries — no batteries of any kind
  • Biohazardous & Medical Waste (including needles and sharps)

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