Because your business cannot transfer its responsibility to maintain confidentiality, you must be certain that you are dealing with a reputable document shredding company with superior security procedures.


The bottom line is: Take the time to investigate the company you are deciding to use. Keep in mind that a “Certificate of Destruction” is only as good as the company that will be destroying your documents.



Due diligence in the selection process should include questions such as:

  1. How long has the vendor been in business?
  2. What is the quality of the physical security at the destruction facility?
  3. Does the vendor have the proper insurance?
  4. Are all employees bonded, screened, drug tested, and third-party background checked?
  5. Do Advertised claims match what is practiced?
  6. Are there written policies and procedures and are they followed?
  7. Are documents destroyed in an appropriate time frame?
  8. Is an audit trail provided with the Certificate of Destruction?