The Cost of Using Your Office Shredder

If you’re a business professional 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 I’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 business office.  When they decided to start shredding they purchased a shredder at an office supply store for $185.  The chart below shows how much it cost this 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


 Maximum life expectancy of shredder (Number of months)


 Monthly depreciation cost


 Monthly maintenance cost


 Total Monthly Equipment Cost


 Total labor cost


 Total equipment cost


 Total Monthly Cost of Office Shredder   $97.58

* Includes time to walk from and back to work station, pick up paper, remove staples and paper clips, straighten pages, feed shredder, clean up and dispose shredded paper

A Typical Business Office Will Spend $97.58 a Month

In our example, there are five employees that use the office shredder during the course of a day, each averaging about three minutes of daily shred time or 15 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 $16.19.  The total monthly labor cost to operate an office shredder is $87.71.  Factor in depreciation and maintenance costs (shredding blades must be sharpened) the total cost of operating their office shredder is $97.58 per month.

How Much Is The Office Shredder Costing You?

Now 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 twice as much as a monthly pickup by a shredding service…and saving money isn’t even the best reason to use a shredding service.

Here’s Your Incentive To Stop Using Your Office Shredder!

There’s never been a better time to switch from using your office shredder to our regularly scheduled shredding service.  Choose from our two, limited time, promotional offers:

  1. Trade in Your Office Shredder – For a limited time, we’ll buy back your office shredder and give you a credit toward our monthly shredding services.  (Credit will vary based on the market value of your shredder.)
  2. 30 – Days of Free Shredding– If you prefer not to trade in your shredder, we’ll give you 30 days of our regularly scheduled shredding services, for FREE!