Do You Shred It Yourself?
If you're a business professional in Atlanta, Georgia who thinks that "feeding the office shredder" is a cost effective way to protect your clients, customers or patients from identity theft and the unauthorized disclosure of private information…then we'd like to challenge you to calculate your own costs, to see just how much money "do it yourself shredding" is costing you.
An Office Shredder Costs A Lot More Than You'd Think
To illustrate, let's take a look at a typical small business office. As soon as information destruction laws went into effect the modestly priced personal shredder (Fellowes Power Shred SB-97C) for $185.00 The chart below shows how much it cost this small business to operate their office shredder.
Office Shredder Cost Analysis
Number of employees
Shred time (minutes) per day for each employee
Total Daily Shred Time (Minutes)
Average hourly wage (including benefits)
Total daily shred time (Hours)
Number of work days per month
Number of hours per month employees shred
Total Monthly Labor Cost To Shred
Purchase price of Fellowes Power Shred SB-97C
Life expectancy of shredder (Number of months)
Monthly depreciation cost of shredder
125 Pounds of paper will take 8 hours to shred X $16.00 per hour = $128.00
Shredderman will provide a cabinet that hold 125 lbs of paper for only = $50.00
In our example, there are five employees that use the same office shredder during the course of a day, each averaging about ten minutes of daily shred time or 50 minutes total per day for the entire office. (Remember shred time is not just the amount of time the shredding machine manufacture claims it takes to shred paper. One must also include the time to sort the documents, walk from the work area to the shredder, pick up and straighten the paper, feed the paper into the shredder and clean up any paper residue, and when necessary dispose of the shredded paper.)
Since the average hourly wage of their employees, plus benefits is $16.00. The total monthly labor cost to operate an office shredder is $266.56 Now factor in depreciation, maintenance costs and the total cost of operating your own office shredder is $281.97 per month
How much is your office shredder really costing you?
Your costs will be different based upon how much you shred, your average hourly wage, initial cost of the shredder, etc. But the fact is that using an office shredder costs almost three as much as a monthly pickup by Shredderman.
Shredderman's shredding service in Atlanta costs far less than you'd think!!
$281.97 OR $50.00? You Decide....