GDDI Frequently Asked Questions
Dumpster diving is the number one reason not to throw away any
information which others can use. The Supreme Court has ruled
that once you place your material into a trashcan, recycling
receptacle, or dumpster, you lose all privacy rights to that
information, no matter how sensitive or proprietary it is. Even
if this is your trashcan outside of your home or office. You may
be held liable for negligence if the discarded material does
harm to someone.
We have an in-house office shredder,
so why would we outsource?
It's much safer and more cost-effective to work with
Georgia Document Destruction. Time is money. It will cost you
3-5 times more to have an in house shredder than a service. The
time your employees spend separating paper, removing paper clips
and staples and doing the actual shredding is time that could be
spent on more profitable business pursuits. The cost of a
shredder, as well as labor, maintenance and disposal costs are
usually much higher than expected (not to mention the noise,
mess and dust produced by an office shredder). Actual shredding
cost worksheet. Most importantly, Georgia Document Destruction
also provides you with a Certificate of Destruction, which
serves as proof that you are properly disposing of confidential
We store our records, so why do we
need a shredding service?
Every document eventually outlives its useful purpose.
And retaining them too long can put you in jeopardy of
non-compliance under the privacy legislation. How long business
records are stored should be determined by a retention schedule
that takes into consideration the records usefulness to the
business as well as legal requirements.
From a risk management perspective, once this period has passed,
the only acceptable way of discarding these records is to
destroy them using a method of complete destruction. Shredding
is the safest way to ensure that documents are completely
destroyed. And a Certificate of Destruction which documents the
exact date and method used is not only prudent but a legal
What should I shred?
In general, all documents that have information that may
compromise your clients identity and the privacy of your
business should be destroyed. Also, documents which are
designated for destruction by legislative mandates, such as
HIPAA or FACTA should be destroyed:
HR records and outdated applications
Documents that contain social security numbers or credit card
Documents with any personal information.
Proprietary information/ trade secrets
Do you work with small businesses?
YES, we do! Georgia Document Destruction
provides service for small businesses, non-profits, and
corporations. Small companies even those with just a few people
have information to protect. We offer very affordable plans for
companies of all sizes. Don't hesitate to call to see what we
can do to fit your budget, increase your security, and peace of
How much will this cost?
Cost is based on the size of the locked container you
choose. We have different size bins and pick-up schedule options
to fit everyone needs. Every shred job and schedule is
different. Contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a
free no obligation quote.
Do I have to remove all paperclips,
staples, rubber bands from my work
before it is shred? And what about hanging files,
No worries, you do not need to spend your time removing any of
these. Just place your items in the bin and our truck will do
How will you ensure my security?
Georgia Document Destruction is fully licensed and
bonded. We stand-by the work we do by providing a Certification
of Destruction to our customers once the job has been completed.
We provide you with a completely secure locked container. Upon
pick up, the contents will be then taken directly to the on-site
mobile shredding truck. At this time, your confidential
documents will be attached to the truck and fed into the
shredding system. All of this can be viewed from our viewing
monitor located on the unit.
Can you shred other information
Yes. In addition to paper, Georgia Document Destruction
can also shred hard drives, CDs, Video Tapes, film, X-Rays,
Media, and other similar information. We do ask that you keep
these types of items separate from paper, so that each can be
Can I bring in my files to your
Yes, see hours of operation. We place your records into
locked secure containers and we store those containers in our
locked, alarmed offices which have very limited access. When the
truck arrives at the end of the day we will shred your
documents. If you need to witness the shredding you will need to
arrange to come in after our trucks are in for the day.
What happens to my documents after
they are shredded?
First all shredded paper is mixed together so that it is 100%
impossible to reconstruct. All shredded material is kept under
lock and key until it is brought to be recycled. It is shipped
to paper mills where it is used as a pulp substitutes sparing
the harvesting of new trees.