Documents You Should Shred


By Boston Document Shredder

A strong paper-shredding program can help you and your company comply with the various State and Federal Laws. Massachusetts Privacy laws mandate that you protect the private information of your employees, clients, and patients. In order to be compliant with the various state and federal laws and protect yourself, stockholders, employees, and customers/patients, you should destroy and shred all confidential and outdated documents.

  • Shred any document that contains confidential material such as designs, proposals, plans, and drafts of such information.
  • Shred any document which could be used for the purpose of identity theft like social security numbers, customer lists, credit applications, tax returns, etc…
  • Shred any document which could cause harm in the hands of criminals or competitors such as canceled checks, price lists, business plans, credit card numbers, etc..

Shred any document which is mandated to be protected by privacy laws such as HIPAA (for health care providers), GLB (for the financial industry), or FACTA (for general businesses). A small list of what documents you should shred to protect yourself and your company:

Application for jobs
Audits Documents
Bank Account Data
Bank ReportsBids & Quotations
Brokerage Reports
Business Projections
Canceled Checks
Classified Information
Client Lists/Files
Competitive Intelligence
Computer Reports
Confidential LettersContracts
Credit Card Statements
Customer Account Lists
Debit Card Numbers
Drivers License
Employment Information
Engineering Drawing
Executive Letters
Financial Reports
Insurance Policy Inventory Records
Legal Documents
Maps & Blueprints
Market Research
Marketing Development
Medical Records
Meeting Minutes
New Product Data
Organization Charts
Outdated BusinessRecordsPayroll Reports
Personnel Data
Presentations Price Lists
Price/Inventory Lists
Product Proposals
Profit & Loss Statements
Proposals and QuotesReceipts/Invoices
Social Security Numbers
Tax RecordsTelephone Numbers

Always destroy any item, which could cause harm to your business, your employees, your customers, or the general public. The following are some examples of items other than paper, which should be destroyed.

It was discovered that thieves were stealing empty and outdated product packages, which had been discarded for various reasons. The thieves filled the packages with an inferior product and sold the packages at a flea market. This caused both lost sales and a significant deterioration in the value of the brand name. In more than one case, it was suspected that company employees knew the empty packaging was thrown in the garbage and they took it.

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Shred Out Of Date Documents and old Uniforms

Out-of-date products and documents that are thrown in the trash can come back to haunt you! These items can also be retrieved by dumpster divers and sold on the black market or at flea markets. Uniforms (including a private security guard, police, fire, and public safety employees), as well as identification badges, should be shredded.

The day-to-day functions of any business will produce a surprising amount of information that could be used against the business by its competitors. This list includes; Internal Memos, Drafts of Documents, Quotes, Financial Printouts, Meeting Notes, Employee Records, Pay Stubs, etc.

An estimated $100 billion a year is lost to information thieves! Did you know that there is NO LAW against Dumpster Diving? After your business has disposed of its documents, it has no claim to its privacy.

Unfortunately, one of the weaknesses of any business is disgruntled employees. Countless new businesses are started by customer lists from an existing business. An easily implemented security plan is the only way to ensure that an upset employee will not make a mistake that they and/or your business could regret for a long time. Put one of our locked bins in your office and this problem is easily solved. To learn more about our secure off-site and drop-off shredding services, call us at (978)636-0301 or book your reservations online here

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Boston Document Shredder Editor
In today’s digital age, the risk of identity theft and consumer fraud looms larger than ever, especially when outdated personal and confidential documents are carelessly discarded into household trash. This oversight has fueled an alarming rise in identity theft, transforming it into a widespread epidemic across Massachusetts communities. Recognizing the urgent need for proactive measures, we spearhead Community Shredding events in key locations like Boston and Lowell, MA, where our influence is palpable. Our Community Shredding events are meticulously designed to offer individuals a secure platform to dispose of their sensitive documents. By providing off-site shredding services free of charge, we empower community members to protect their personal information effectively. These events gain additional credibility and reach through partnerships with local media, law enforcement, and government bodies, ensuring a broad impact and heightened awareness around the issue of document security. Beyond these community initiatives, we are committed to making residential shredding services both accessible and affordable. Our competitive pricing plans are crafted with the consumer in mind, ensuring that safeguarding personal information doesn’t have to be a financial burden. Take a decisive step towards securing your private documents and preventing identity theft. Schedule your shredding service with us today by calling (978) 636-0301, and join us in our mission to fortify our communities against the threat of consumer fraud and identity theft.