Why Shred?

Protect not just your identity, but your clients’ as well.


Ever wonder what the laws say?
As part of our service, we help our customers stay up to date on all the laws that affect their industries.

Here are a few summaries of the laws we keep track of:

Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
HIPAA was enacted in 1996, with mandatory compliance by April 2003. This act required the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic healthcare transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of Patient Health Information (PHI). Specifically, it requires healthcare providers to destroy PHI before throwing it away. Click here for the pertinent text.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999)
Created for the financial services industry, this law mandated broad rights for consumers. In terms of shredding, it stated that financial services firms need to destroy consumer information before discarding it and created penalties for violations. Click here for more information.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (California v. Greenwood – 1988)
In this landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled that trash is not private. The Court ruled “it is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left along a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public.” Click here for a review of the case.

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
FACTA is a subset of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. On June 1, 2005, FACTA’s section 216 required any business or person who possesses consumer information to destroy the information before discarding it. Click here for our FAQ about the act.

If you don’t protect your company’s data and intelligence like trade information, the courts won’t either. Casual disposal of information has been the basis for courts to deny trade information rights, which otherwise would have been enforceable.

Tri-State Shred offers summaries of HIPAA, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, California v. Greenwood, FACTA, California Civil Code Section 1798.80-1798.84, and other legislation that affects business.


On-site document destruction using Tri-State Shred's mobile high speed shredding truck.

Off-site document destruction at Tri-State's secure facility.

Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly, or as-needed. One time visit/bulk records purge as desired.

Lockable Wheeled Security Totes or Consoles at no charge.

Trained, Bonded, Insured, and Uniformed Employees.

No sorting of your paper is required.

Document of destruction provided upon completion.

On-site evaluation of your company's facility to determine exact needs.

Ask about our 30-day free trial period!!

Retention Guidelines

It is more efficient to use Tri-State Shred than shred your own paper yourself. Please consider this analogy:

  • 100 sheets of letter size paper = 1 pound.
  • Our 95-gallon security totes hold 300 pounds (or 30,000 sheets of paper).
  • It takes us 8 minutes to shred the contents of a 95 gallon tote.
  • Most office shredders shred about 12-15 sheets per pass. With 50-100 passes a day, they could ONLY shred about 600 to 1200 sheets a day.
  • It would take an employee 25 days to shred what we can do in less than 8 minutes!

We do it all. Very efficiently and economically.




  • Attractive light-gray melamine finish (blends with any office decor)
  • Convenient front-loading slot
  • Tamper-evident keyed lockable door
  • Nylon bag for easy and secure document removal (holds approximately 75 lbs)
  • Dimensions 40(h) x 19(w) x 19 (d)



  • Great for backroom collection of material to be shredded
  • Locked with slotted lid for easy depositing of material to be shredded
  • Easily maneuvered
  • 64 gallon 42(h) x 22(w) x 29(d) (holds approximately 200 lbs)
    96 gallon 43(h) x 34(w) x 35(d) (holds approximately 300 lbs)
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