What to Shred

There are many more types of documents you should shred than you might think. Don't take a chance!

Secure shredding from A Shred Ahead is about more than just clearing out your storage space. It’s about protecting your private info and critical data. It’s also about complying with all kinds of state and federal laws related to information security. It’s a crucial part of any business operation. But it’s not always clear which documents are safe to throw into the dumpster and which need to be shredding. In fact, the list of documents to shred is longer than you may realize! See our lists below to learn more and keep yourself protected.

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You should shred these kinds of papers

Below, we've compiled full lists of the kinds of papers and files you need to shred. Check out these examples to learn more. If you still have questions, all you have to do is get in touch for our advice.

Here are our lists of items that any business should plan to destroy securely. It’s all about protecting your reputation and your customers info. Looking at the lists below, it’s clear that there’s more potentially sensitive information around your office than you might realize.

Personal Information

  • Addresses
  • ATM Receipts
  • Bank Account Information
  • Bank Statements
  • Brokerage Account Information
  • Cancelled and Voided Checks
  • Credit and Debit Card Numbers
  • Credit Reports and Histories
  • Drivers’ License Numbers
  • Employee Pay Stubs
  • Employment Records
  • Insurance Policy Data
  • Investment Documents
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Passport Numbers
  • Resumes
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Tax Forms
  • Travel Itineraries
  • Used Airline Tickets

Files & Records

  • Account Records
  • Audits
  • Bank Statements
  • Competitive Information
  • Computer Records
  • Contracts
  • Correspondences
  • Diligence Files
  • Fax Machine Ribbons
  • Financial Records
  • Insurance Records
  • Property Records
  • Internal Memos
  • Invoices
  • Legal Documents
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Materials
  • Obsolete Contracts
  • Official Notices
  • Payroll Records
  • Personnel Files
  • Phone Records
  • Planning Documents
  • Price Lists
  • Purchase Receipts
  • Sales Forecasts
  • Tax Records
  • Training Information
  • X-Rays

Client Data

  • Addresses
  • Business Plans
  • Cancelled Checks
  • Credit Card Numbers
  • Executive Correspondences
  • New Product Information
  • Obsolete Collateral
  • Photographs
  • Presentations
  • Pricing and Inventory Lists
  • Proposals and Quotes
  • Proprietary Documents
  • Receipts and Invoices
  • R&D Files and Data

Don’t worry: you do not have to go through this alone. If you’ve never had a proper means of disposing of records or materials containing this information, the task of starting a new regimen can seem daunting. But, you don’t want to put the responsibility off. A Shred Ahead can help you plan, implement, and manage a complete business document shredding program. Begin today, and you’ll be grateful tomorrow. We’re here to help.

All you have to do is contact us today, request a free quote, or call us directly at (866) 933-7171. We’ll guide you through the process of setting up a secure shredding program for your business.

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