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The Cost of Using An Office Shredder

If you’re a business professional who has always relied on an office shredder as a cost-effective way to protect your clients, customers, or patients from identity theft and the unauthorized disclosure of private information, then ShredTex would like to ask you to calculate your own costs, to see just how much money that office shredder is costing you.

An Office Shredder Costs A Lot More Than You’d Think

Let’s take a look at a typical business office that purchased a shredder at an office supply store for $185.00  The chart below shows how much it cost this business to operate their office shredder.


Number of employees


Average hourly wage (Including benefits)


Shred time per day for each employee (Minutes)

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


Total Daily Shred Time (Minutes)


Number of work days per month


Total daily shred time (Hours)


Number of hours per month employees shred


Total Monthly Labor Cost To Shred


Purchase price of shredder (Based on Fellowes Power Shred SB-97C)


Maximum life expectancy of shredder (Number of months)


Monthly maintenance cost


Monthly depreciation cost


Total Monthly Equipment Cost


Total labor cost


Total equipment cost


Total Monthly Cost of Office Shredder


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 manufacturer claims it takes to shred paper.  One must also include the time to sort the documents, remove clips/staples, walk from the work area to the shredder, pick up and straighten the paper, feed the paper into the shredder, 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.  However,  the fact is that using an office shredder costs more than a 1x monthly shred service pickup by ShredTex.  We shred on site, remove and properly dispose of all shredded material, and provide you with a Certificate of Destruction to verify that you took the appropriate steps to destroy outdated or confidential documents.

Monthly shredding services cost far less than you’d think. Click here for a Free Quote.

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