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Free X-Ray Recycling

Posted on 01 April 2011 by Total Secure Shredding

Hey Folks,

I just wanted to do a shameless advertisement on this beautiful San Diego Friday…

Although it’s April 1st (April Fools Day), this is not a joke!

Total Secure Shredding has recently introduced

Free X-Ray Recycling

down at our secure shredding facility.

And not only will we professionally and properly dispose of all your old X-Rays in the same effortless and convenient manner as we destroy your paper document (and Hard Drives), I’m also throwing in a special offer:

For every 5 pounds of X-Rays you bring in, we’ll shred a standard size file box of paper documents while you wait for absolutely FREE!

That’s a $6.95 value…

So not only are you getting rid of those X-Rays, you’re also scoring a Free Box of Shredding.

There’s no limit on the amount of X-Rays you can bring in or Free Boxes of Shredding you can receive.

The only thing I ask is that the X-Rays are separate from any paper documents, this includes any X-Ray sleeves.

Just as a reminder, here’s our Secure Shredding Facility Address and Hours of Operation:

3584 Hancock St
San Diego, CA 92110

Mon – Fri: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 10am to 1pm

All X-Rays are securely shipped to a recycling facility where they are melted down and completely destroyed in full accordance with HIPAA requirements.

The recycling process is greatly enhanced if the X-Rays are not shredded before recycling.

We can shred the X-Rays if necessary prior to recycling but I have found that the X-Rays themselves generally contain very little personal information but I’ll leave that up to you. The process is HIPAA compliant either way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call: (619) 295-5474

So until next time…

Keep Totally Secure,

Head Shredding Guy
Total Secure Shredding, Inc.

P.S. I reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time so please do not delay.

P.S.S. If you have a whole lot of X-Rays to get rid of, please give me a call and perhaps I can work out a real sweet deal where we come out and pick everything up for you. If you have a lot of X-Rays, I’m willing to deal!

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We Recycle!

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We Recycle!

Posted on 15 October 2010 by Total Secure Shredding

Hey Folks,

I’ve been sitting around for the last week wondering what the next blog should be about.

After looking around on the website to see what I’ve all covered, it dawned on me that I’ve never talked about recycling.

And the funny thing is that just about every person that comes down to our facility for paper shredding asks us, “So what do you do with all the shredded paper?”

The simple answer is that all the shredded paper gets bailed and recycled.

It’s a pretty cool situation since not only are you making sure that you are protecting your identity by getting everything shredded, you’re at the same time making sure none of these documents are taking up valuable space in the landfill.

Second, the recycling results in the final and complete destruction of your shredded documents as they are turned into new paper fiber products.

It’s one of those “Win-Win” situations!

However, this does present one problem…

I do keep a close eye on what is allowed to get mixed in with the paper.

One of the biggest sticking points we run into is x-rays that are contained within paper patient files.

It doesn’t take very many x-rays within a full load of paper to significantly diminish the recyclability of the entire load.

Consequently, there’s been more than one customer I’ve lost (or refused to take on) because they had x-rays mixed in with their paper.

It’s not practical to try to shred everything on-site while at the same time trying to separate out the x-rays for separate destruction.

I typically recommend that we provide off-site shredding services in these instances so that we can take the documents back to our facility, remove the x-rays, shred the paper documents, and then destroy the x-rays separately.

Of course, that means a lot of extra work… Which means extra cost… Which means we charge double to perform this service!

It’s kind of a bummer when the customer is faced with removing the x-rays themselves, the additional cost we charge is often a lot less then doing it yourself.

And, since I’m on the topic of what should and should not be included with your paper documents when it comes to shredding, here’s a list I’ve put together over the years:

What can be Shredded:

  • White Ledger Paper
  • Computer Paper
  • Colored Ledger Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Staples
  • Paper Clips
  • Manila Folders
  • Hanging Files
  • Two Prong Fasteners
  • Small Binder Clips

What can’t be Shredded:

  • 3 Ring Binders
  • Plastic Binders
  • Plastics
  • Large Metal Objects
  • Plastic Bags
  • Magazines
  • Food or Drink Containers
  • Cardboard
  • Brown Bags
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Newspapers

I hope this helps…

So remember, not only are you getting your documents shredded, your also helping to contribute to a more renewable environment.

Until next time.

Keep Totally Secure,


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