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SoVaNow.com / December 23, 2013Growing in popularity across the country, mobile shredding trucks are a great way to conquer paper clutter — and to make sure that information you wouldn’t want to fall into someone else’s hands is destroyed.
Stephanie Raposo, writing for The Wall Street Journal, opines that these industrial-size mobile papers shredders are essential to today’s business world: “Mobile paper shredders may be to adults with sensitive documents what ice cream trucks are to children on a hot summer day.”
Locally, Susan Meeker heard the pleas of neighbors and friends who felt vulnerable whenever discarding printed materials containing personal or sensitive information. They would worry about identity theft. All too often, people hang on to mountains of old paper out of fear of what might happen once it gets thrown out.
At the same time she was hearing these concerns, Meeker was looking for a new career. Corporate downsizing had turned her full-time job — in quality control and records archiving and management in the pharmaceutical industry — into a consulting position.
After learning about the Ultrashred G3 Predator paper-eating truck, Meeker knew she had found the right business opportunity for her. Earlier this year, she purchased a truck and formed All Safe Records Management Solutions. Her goal is to provide jobs for the area while giving governments, businesses and local residents an easy way to dispose of old paper.
As the head shredder, Meeker says her new moniker is “Chief Shredinator.”
The truck can shred up to 7,000 pounds of paper per hour, from phone books to single sheets. Paper clips, staples, even small metal spirals are no match for the shredinator’s truck. However, it cannot shred cardboard, large amounts of plastic or three-ring binders.
Perhaps the best part of the mobile shredding truck, said Meeker, is, “I can come to you, and shred your documents on site.”
Meeker said one of the unique safety features associated with this truck is the way it shreds documents. Instead of slicing the paper, like most shredders, the G3 uses hammers to pulverize the paper into small squares. At the same time, it partially de-inks the paper, making those remaining pieces harder to read.
Those worried about their paperwork, said Meeker, can watch it get diced into confetti on a computer monitor built into the exterior of the shredding truck. Or, they can look through a viewing window as an auger pushes remnants into a storage box that holds between 4,000 and 5,000 tons of paper particles.
When the box is full, Meeker brings the remnants to a recycler in North Carolina who sends it off to be remade into recycled paper products.
Meeker cautions those who may want to use her shredding services to keep in mind that the truck is a paper shredder, not a garbage truck. Therefore, she cannot take food cartons, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, plastic, rags or floppy disks. Also, moldy or wet paper is a problem for the shredder, so she won’t accept those items. For a complete list of items Meeker can and will shred, visit her website, allsaferecords.com or call her at 1-866-64-SHRED.
“Of course, I’m looking to make money by shredding documents, but I also want to be part of this community,” Meeker explained as to why shortly after purchasing the truck she participated in a shred-a-thon in Granville County, N.C. “At the November 16 County Recycling Day we shredded more than 3,600 pounds of paper in three and a half hours.
Meeker’s mobile shredding service is not for businesses only. Individuals can hire her to shred documents, either on a one-time or regular basis. The cost to shred a 65-gallon bin (between 200 and 250 pounds of paper) is $40 or twenty-five cents per pound. The cost for shredding a small banker’s box is $5.00 and a large one is $7.00.
Some documents can’t be shred, or perhaps, the owner refuses to shred them. Meeker said she’ll have them digitally recorded and stored, for a fee. And, she can even prepare a records retention schedule for businesses and train the staff in records management.
Meeker says that when it comes to disposing of sensitive documents, her motto is to protect the environment, but also protect yourself. Do not hold onto old documents containing sensitive information.
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