A shredder is a machine that shreds paper or material into small strips, confetti-like pieces, or tiny particles. The main purpose of a shredder is to destroy sensitive or confidential documents, and shredding makes it extremely difficult for unauthorized individuals to access or reconstruct the shreds into documents. Shredders are used to tear up personal information like financial records, medical records, legal documents, and sensitive business information. They are used in offices, homes, and businesses to safeguard sensitive information and maintain data security.
When purchasing a shredder machine, consider buying accessories like shredder oil, shredder bags, burn bags, waste containers, and shredder bins. These accessories can amplify your shredding experience, improve maintenance, and ensure efficient operation. Listed below are common accessories that will complement your shredder.
1. Whitaker Brothers 2-Gallon Case of Shredder Oil
It is important to buy shredder oil since regularly lubricating your shredder blades with the oil helps maintain your shredder’s performance and extends its lifespan. Our 2-Gallon Case of Shredder Oil is a high-quality commercial grade petroleum-based shredder oil that can be used to refill any shredder’s automatic oiler. Our oil formula has high viscosity, is lightweight, and is made for commercial paper shredders. If your shredder does not use an automatic oiler, we suggest buying our pint bottles of oil, which have an applicator cap.
We believe that our petroleum-based shredder oil is significantly better than using an inexpensive, water-based shredder oil. This is because a water-based shredder oil is low-quality, and the heat generated by a commercial shredder can cause the oil to turn into a waxy buildup. In contrast, our shredder oil clears build up, maintains optimal cutting performance, and keeps the shredder functioning smoothly. It can also be used to break up paper jams.
2. Whitaker Brothers Shredder Bag 800 (100 bags)
A shredder bag is a specialized plastic bag that is created to fit and line a waste bin or collection bin of a paper shredder. These bags are designed so it is easy to gather and dispose of paper shreds. Instead of having to empty a waste bin and produce a mess, you can simply remove the shredder bag from your shredder bin, tie it, and discard it. Our Shredder Bag 800 is a package of shredder bags that contains 100 of our Model #800 shredder bags.
They can fit into some of our Datastroyer, Martin Yale, Destroyit by MBM, Fellowes, Formax, HSM, and Swingline shredder models (click here to see the models). In addition, these bags are compatible with shredders with a waste bin capacity between 40 and 64 gallons. What is unique about our bags is that they are 2 mm thick, which is thicker than standard garbage bags. Because of its thickness, the bags are sturdy and will not break when you transport them for disposal.
3. Burn Bags
A burn bag is a paper bag that is designed to hold sensitive documents so they can be disposed of. Our burn bags are clearly distinguished from others bags with its red and white stripes, are made from sturdy paper, and are meant to be used with disintegrators or incinerators. There are 250 bags per bundle, and each bag can hold 1800 cubic inches worth of documents. The term “burn bag” comes from the historical practice of incinerating these bags and the contents inside to make sure that the materials in the bag are completely destroyed.
Today, government agencies and businesses use burn bags, fill them with confidential documents, seal them shut, and toss them into a disintegrator (a machine that reduces solid material into microscopic particles) or incinerators to be demolished. The confidential documents can be classified reports, files, internal memos, or material that if got into the wrong hands, could threaten national security or organizational confidentiality.
While shredding is used for document destruction, it can be risky. If the shreds are large, sometimes the document can be put back together again. For extra protection, users can shred classified documents, put the shreds in the burn bag, and seal the bag shut so it can go into a disintegrator or incinerator. An advantage of burn bags is that they eliminate the ability to view the documents that are inside - only the person using the burn bag sees the contents in the bag. The burn bags reduce the risk of a security breach.
4. Witt Confidential Waste Container
A confidential waste container is a security receptacle that is created for the temporary storage of sensitive or confidential documents and materials before they are shredded. Our Witt Confidential Waste Container has a capacity of 36 gallons, and comes with a tumbler lock and two keys to protect your sensitive information that you need to dispose of. The opening of the container is 2 inches, and is designed for use in technology centers, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, executive areas, government facilities, and businesses where security is a priority.
Confidential waste containers are placed in offices, work areas, and sites where sensitive information is produced or handled. At these locations, employees are encouraged to deposit their sensitive or confidential documents in these containers instead of trash or recycling bins. When the confidential waste containers are full, the contents are retrieved and processed through a paper shredder, which destroys the documents. Our Witt Confidential Waste Container ensures that confidential documents are not accidentally or intentionally exposed to unauthorized persons with its tumbler lock, and facilitates the shredding process.
5. HSM Shredinator 24" Shredder Bin
Our HSM Shredinator 24” Shredder Bin is a confidential waste container that can hold up to 60 lbs. of highly sensitive documents. It is created for storing confidential documents before they are shredded. The product can fit into tight spaces, such as beside a desk, under a counter, or in a corner away from office traffic. It is designed to be used in places that require bulk data destruction, but have limited space like hospitals, large offices, and universities.
The shredder bin is a 100% recyclable container that has a completely removable and lockable lid that is tamper proof to keep confidential documents inside the bin safe. It has ergonomic top and bottom handles that make it easy to transport or dump the documents inside safely. Since the bin itself weighs less than 6 lbs., it is lightweight enough to relocate to a new office. The product comes with a key that can be used with our other HSM Shredinators, HSM carts, and HSM consoles.