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2019 Guide to Finding the Best Shredding Services

Are you looking for the best available shredding services in your area? Blue-Pencil Information Security is here to help. In this article, we will outline some helpful tips on how to find and hire the top option. If you’d like to talk to somebody about shredding services and the needs of your business, please feel free to contact us today!



2019 Guide to Finding the Best Shredding Services

In 2019, the risk of cyber security threats and information breaches is higher than ever. Finding a secure shredding service is, therefore, something that should be a priority for your business. Here are a few steps for finding the best.

1. Online research

One of the easiest ways to find the best shredding services in your area is to read online reviews. Not only is the average rating of the reviews important, but also the amount of reviews – a higher sample size of positive reviews generally allows you to assume working with this company will be a positive experience.

There are a number of places that you can go to find reviews on shredding companies. Here are some of the best places to look:

Some companies will also feature testimonials on their website, but outside sources may paint a fuller picture.


Google reviews are a great introductory way to get to know a company.


On the flip side, you can also search for complaints or problems with prospective companies. Some searches that are great to enter into Google or Bing are:

  • “company name” + problems
  • “company name” + complaints

From conducting these types of searches, you will be able to identify which companies have problems with their service or don’t offer exceptional customer service. With this information, you can make sure to avoid companies that will produce more headaches than high-fives.

You can also search for potential complaints with the Better Business Bureau. A high number is another red flag. Click here to see Blue-Pencil’s profile for an example of a Better Business Bureau listing.


A high number of complaints against a company is likely a bad sign


2. Check References

There are two ways to approach this: by asking friends, family and colleagues, and also asking current or former customers.

Often, if you ask those in your circle if they know of the best shredding services in the area, they might say they don’t know or have some information that will point you in the right direction. Brainstorm a list of people who have regularly used a shredding service at their business or home in the past. Hopefully, they will offer you some honest answers.

A better approach might be to ask for professional references if you can speak to current or past customers. During this process, you can ask customers what the service is like, how they benefit from it, what they may not like about the service, and what problems they may have had in the past with the service.


Conversations with those who have worked with shredding services can be very enlightening. Take note of what they say positively and negatively


3. Set Up a Tour

A first-hand tour of a shredding services facility is an ideal way to render a final assessment. If they are not willing to give you a tour or even a face-to-face meeting, this may be an indication they are trying to hide something.

When at the facility, you should be able to get a sense of the following: their level of professionalism, the type of customer service you can expect to receive, the security level of their services, and their efficiency.

The best shredding services will also offer a mobile shredding option where they collect your confidential information into a lockable mobile security bin and transport to the shredding truck parked outside.

The security bin is automatically lifted by a hydraulic arm inside the truck. The contents are deposited into an onboard industrial shredder. Feel free to ask to witness this process if you’re interested in this service.

blue-pencil-shredding-services-torontoRequest a tour of the facility to get a bird’s eye view of the company’s service


Looking for the best shredding services? Trust Blue-Pencil!

Blue-Pencil helps empower Canadian organizations to reach new heights with a friendly and efficient shredding service. Customer service is not only a slogan, but something we practice by investing in our strategic partners.

Located in Oakville, we have grown our document security business over the past 10 years, serving more than 6,000 organizations across Ontario, including small and medium-sized companies as well as Fortune 500 businesses.

“Very quick & professional. We really do love using you guys for all of our shredding needs.”

-Emily V.
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At Blue-Pencil, we offer services such as Documents Storage, Records Management, and Document Imaging and Scanning Solutions. These services allow us to offer full circle, comprehensive solutions for information security management.

We service the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding cities – click here for a full list of our service areas.

If you’d like to learn more about us and what we can do for you contact us today!

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