Safe Shredding Recommends How To Handle Wet Documents Caused By Hurricane Sandy

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Safe Shredding Explains How New Jersey Businesses and Residents Should Properly Shred Wet Papers Containing Personal Information Caused by Hurricane Sandy

Many homeowners and businesses have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Flood water has damaged property and basements, and in many cases, has soaked personal items including photos and personal documents. Wet paper may look useless, but a thief using only a blow dryer could use it to steal information about you, your business, your associates, or clients.

"After a hurricane, we get hundreds of calls from business owners and government agencies in New Jersey inquiring about shredding wet papers" said Joseph Coletta, general manager of Safe Shredding. "We explain that any wet papers must be dried out first before shredding since the consistency of wet papers produces a paper mache-like by-product and will jam even industrial-strength shredders. Additionally, people should not throw away any wet, sensitive documents and assume that thieves will not be able to extract personal information.”

Customers should be leery if some shredding companies claim to accept your wet papers. In many cases, the papers are dried in warehouses and shredded at a later time. Business owners and residents should demand that any papers are shredded onsite and that they be allowed to witness the shredding via a closed-circuit video monitor.

Instead of discarding wet papers into the trash after a major storm or hurricane, please follow these tips to help prevent identity theft and ensure that your sensitive information remains secure:

  • Do not discard wet or waterlogged documents containing sensitive or personal information
  • Do not attempt to shred wet documents with an inexpensive residential shredder as the consistency of the moist paper may destroy the unit
  • Wet documents should be dried out outdoors by the sun or placed alongside a dehumidifier until dry to touch

*Once dried, documents should be properly shredded to ensure any personal information is securely destroyed

Safe Shredding recommends that businesses located in New Jersey shred monthly and residential customers shred annually to reduce the buildup of personal documents.

About Safe Shredding, LLC:
Safe Shredding LLC, located in Roseland, NJ, provides onsite mobile document destruction and paper shredding to businesses and residences located in Central and Northern New Jersey. Safe Shredding offers one-time purge of documents or a recurring, regularly scheduled shred service for businesses.

Contact Information:
Contact Joseph Coletta for more information at 973-403-0081 or joe(at)njshred(dot)com

Safe Shredding, LLC
152 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068


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