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12/31/2007 - Shred-It Tears Data to Bits

Due to the threat of identity theft, document shredding is not optional. Most businesses understand this, and have made some provision for shredding documents -- but what about such items as sticky notes, out-of-date CD’s, and old hard drives? “Anything with information on it needs to be shredded,” says Jason Rautenkranz, sales and operations coordinator for Shred-it, a new to Spokane company which provides shredding services.

Shred-it started in Toronto, Canada in 1988 and now has over one hundred fifty branches worldwide. Shred-it is a business-to-business document destruction company, now open for business in Spokane. They believe that every piece of paper and anything else with information should go through the shredder, and they make it easy for their customers to make this happen. Shred-it sets up locked shredding consoles around the client’s offices. These consoles are intended to be “almost as handy” as the usual waste paper basket. At a prearranged scheduled time, the Shred-it customer service representative harvests the bags, takes them to the awaiting shredder truck, and puts everything through the cutters. The bags are turned inside out to be certain that nothing has stuck to the sides. Finally they give the business a Certificate of Destruction.

If the clients wish, they can watch their documents being shredded. The shredding is all done in a locked cage, but the door to the cage is a screen so it is “see through”. The cutters are made of hardened steel and are sufficiently strong to go through staples or paper clips, cardboard, CD’s or DVD’s, back-up tapes, and even old computer hard drives! Computer hard drives are always shredded at a different time than paper, according to Rautenkranz, because they will throw sparks.

After the documents have been shredded, the paper is securely baled for recycling. The bales are taken to Spokane Recycling and turned into a number of other products. The business client is also given a certificate showing how many trees were saved by shredding and recycling. It is estimated that every two times a shred bin is filled; a small tree has been saved.

Shred-it representatives are all bonded, and the process is HIPPA compliant. If a security clearance is needed, Shred-it will take the necessary steps to be sure their customer service representatives can and do have the level of clearance required.

To learn whether Shred-it is right for your business, call Rautenkranz at (509) 879-9462 or e-mail, Spokane@shredit.com. By appointment, Rautenkranz will explain how the system works, review the process, and do a data security audit. He will review your current system, and do a needs analysis. Then together you will review the services required. The service can be as often as needed – daily, weekly, or monthly. Finally there will be a quote based on the service needed. “Prices and costs are custom tailored to the clients needs,” says Rautenkranz. Also available are one-time, quarterly, or yearly purge services.

Billie Moreland
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