Offsite vs. Onsite Shredding: The Differences

At The Shredding Company, you’ll have to make a decision when it comes to how we destroy your documents—offsite vs. onsite shredding. The differences between the two aren’t their level of convenience, luckily. To help you gain a better understanding of offsite and onsite and shredding, we’ll break down the differences and benefits of each one in this quick guide.


If you choose an onsite shredding plan, a driver will bring a mobile shredding unit right to your doorstep. As with any quality shredding service, you’ll receive bins in which you can place the documents that require shredding. After filling the bins, the professional in charge of document destruction will load them into the mobile shredding unit and shred the documents right in front of you. The benefit of this is that, if you’re worried about having a company take the documents offsite (which we’ll get into later), onsite shredding will give you the peace of mind of seeing documents destroyed right in front of you to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands.


Offsite shredding is a process in which a driver—whose truck has GPS tracking—comes to your facility and collects the documents you wish to dispose of. Instead of watching us shred them directly in front of you, we’ll take the documents to a separate facility for destruction. The benefit of this is that, if you find that bringing shredders to your office and doing it all there is a bit obtrusive, offsite shredding accommodates for that without compromising the security or convenience that comes with onsite shredding.

As you can see, when it comes to offsite vs. onsite shredding, the differences aren’t massive. Which one you choose ultimately rests on which one you feel the most comfortable with. Either way, you won’t have to leave your office to see documents reach the end of their cycle. If you’re looking for local shredding companies in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, we’re here to help.

The Shredding Company provides offsite and onsite material destruction for commercial businesses and government agencies. However, if you have more than paper to shred, The Shredding Company also disposes of objects like laptops, CDs, DVDs, and hard drives.