Business that are in need of industrial quality shredding but are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or other privacy laws to witness the shredding of their documents may choose mobile shredding over transporting documents to a plant or having their office staff shred them in-house. At customers' request, shred trucks arrive at a business to collect documents to transport and shred off-site at a plant (usually the less-expensive option) or they may shred the documents right there in front of the client.
If you're thinking of hiring a mobile shredding service, keep in mind that many offer a free trial to demonstrate their skills in hopes of getting your business. Some charge per shredding minute while others charge by volume (bin, box, etc.), weight or visit. When you are quoted a price, make sure to ask if it includes a fuel surcharge, if there is one, as well as the use of storage bins or any other "extras." There is generally a minimum charge for on-site service. For small volumes, you might be better off choosing a shredding courier service.
A certificate of destruction should be issued on request for businesses to comply with HIPAA and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). Also, shredding service providers that are members of the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) are held to an industry standard, with added security verification and a code of ethics.
Another popular promotion offered by some mobile shred services is "Community Shred Days." Aimed at both business and home-based customers, shred days typically involve a truck setting up at an advertised location and shredding, for free and on-site, a limited amount of documents per customer.