Send and Shred is a secure shredding service for your paperwork. You buy a prepaid bag, fill it with sensitive paperwork and lodge it in any post office. We shred and recycle it. You can track it and download a destruction certificate for your records.
If you've ever used a home shredder, or if you've ever thought that you should, this service is right for you.
Because it saves you time, money and space.
Because it could save you from fraud and identity theft.
Because it helps protect your business from a costly data breach and helps you comply with privacy law.
Because we give 50 cents from each bag to the RSPCA.
And because it helps save the planet.
Buy your prepaid bag online.
The purchase price includes all the costs. We have no hidden extras.
You can put any kind of paper or cardboard into your bag.
When your bag is full, close it firmly with the secure seal.
If your bag won't seal, it may be too full. Buy a second bag and split the contents between them.
You can use sticky tape for extra sealing if you want to, but you shouldn't need to. Our seals are strong.
Once you've filled your bag, you can lodge it in any post office. Staff will scan it, lodge it and give you a receipt.
Lodgement over the counter in a post office is the most secure system. This provides you with proof of posting and allows post office staff to check the bag is securely sealed. Keep your lodgement receipt.
We make all reasonable efforts to securely handle bags lodged in post boxes, but we take no responsibility for them.
Our expert shredder, Shred-X, is a national industry leader in secure document destruction. Shred-X facilities and procedures meet intelligence service criteria and are trusted and used by government and business. Shred-X is fully accredited with the National Association for Information Destruction Australia.
Once your bag has been securely delivered to Shred-X's destruction facility, it is unloaded into a secure storage area. After that, it is tipped onto the sort line. Plastic satchels are slit open and emptied, and the plastic is shredded separately.
Security cleared staff will sort out any contaminants. The sorted paper is then ripped apart by the mechanical shredder into unrecognisable fragments, which are blended and mixed as they progress along the line.
The paper fragments are then compacted and baled into one tonne blocks and taken to a paper mill for pulping and recycling.
From the moment you lodge your package in a post office, it is protected by our secure chain of custody.
Post office staff will check that your package is properly sealed and will place it into the secure storage area. Australia Post will then process and transport your package through their secure chain, just like they do for Registered Post.
Shred-X will collect it from a post office Locked Box and then securely shred it in their facility.
Throughout this process, your package is tracked, so that you can see where it is.
Yes. Send and Shred recycles over 98.5% of material. Our process carefully removes any contaminants and recycles the rest.
Shredded paper is pulped and turned into new products, like office paper, toilet paper and the gyprock sheets.
Once the paper has been shredded, compacted and baled, it is taken to a paper mill for pulping and recycling. The pulped paper is then recycled into new products, depending on the grade of paper. High-grade paper is recycled into products and office paper. Low-grade paper is recycled into products like paper towel and toilet paper.
The plastic satchels that we use for packaging are shredded and recycled into new polymer products.
Our target is to recycle 1,850 tonnes of paper each year. That's around 44,400 trees!
Yes. Your tracking number is the AP Article Id on your bag. It is also listed as the Article Number on the receipt Australia Post staff hand you when you lodge your bag.
You can track your bag and download a Destruction Certificate from our website. sendandshred.com.au/tracking.html
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, one in every five Australians has been a victim of identity crime.
Fraud costs our community least $8.5 billion each year. Actual costs are probably much higher, because it's estimated that only a quarter of fraud is ever reported.
Fraud and identity theft have major impacts on victims. As well as losing money, many victims are refused credit. Around a third lose their trust in other people. More than one in ten needs counselling. Around one in twenty is wrongly accused of a crime. Some victims decide they must move house in order to make a fresh start. It's a stressful experience.
We're all aware of the risk of hacking and online data theft, but identity thieves also target mail and paperwork. Metropolitan residents are particularly likely to have their personal information stolen in the mail. This is why police recommend shredding all personal papers and taking other measures, like locking your mailbox.
Half the population regularly shred their documents.
The police, banks, the Attorney-General's Department, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, ScamWatch, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and IDCARE all recommend that you shred personal paperwork, financial paperwork, utility bills and other sensitive material before throwing it away. They also recommend that you sort, shred and discard unwanted paperwork in your car, home and office, as thieves are known to break in and steal stockpiled paperwork.
According to the Australian Federal Police, identity crime is a 'critical threat to the Australian community'. Once a criminal gets hold of your information, they could use it to get a credit card, bank account, loan or government benefit. They could get a job, a passport, a driver's licence or a car registration. They might also run up debts or file for bankruptcy - all in your name.
Identity theft has strong links to organised crime. Police are concerned about the knock-on effects, as the profits may be used to fuel violent and serious offences. If you're targeted by identity thieves, you may not be the only one who suffers.
Identity thieves can misuse any personal information, such as your name, address, date and place of birth, bank account details, Tax File Number and employment details. They don't need to obtain a full profile all at once. One or two stolen details may be added to other sources of information.
They might break into your house or car to steal documents or rummage through your rubbish and recycling bins. They might even redirect your mail.
Thieves might hack your computer and online accounts or those of a business you deal with. They might also get information from social media and other online sources.
Thieves might send a phishing email or call you, pretending to be from a bank, utility company or other organisation. They might skim your credit card when you make a purchase.
The person who misuses your identity may not be the one who stole it. There's a thriving black market in stolen information.
If you think you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, report it to your local police and contact any institutions affected, like your bank.
You should also consider contacting the following agencies.
Are you busy? You're not alone. Many of us don't have time to complete all our household tasks.
Try setting aside a regular slot each week to shred your documents. Remember that shredders need to cool down after operating for a few minutes, so factor this in. A shredder that you buy and leave in the box won't protect you!
Paper from home shredders is hard to recycle. If you put loose shredded paper put into your recycling bin at home, it usually ends up in landfill. Check with your local council about whether there is a way to recycle shredded paper in your area.
Choice magazine says that shredders must meet Security Level Three to properly destroy information. This means that strips are no more than 2mm wide, and cross-cut or diamond pieces are less than 320mm2. Otherwise, it's too easy to put the pages back together.
Check that your home shredder meets Level Three Security. Be particularly cautious if it is a strip-cut model, as many of these only offer Level One or Two security.
Home shredder design has improved since safety alerts were issued in the United States, but you should still take care. Choice magazine advises consumers that 'blades should not be accessible, especially if you're likely to have kids about. The auto-start function could also be hazardous if hair or clothing gets caught.'
Burning paper in an open fire or an incinerators, cause smoke and ash, which is a major cause of air pollution. It can harm the environment, your health and the health of your neighbours. Children and people with respiratory illnesses are particularly vulnerable. You might be in good health, but what about your neighbours?
Burning papers in an incinerator or other fire can also start an out-of-control bush fire.
Most jurisdictions have restricted backyard burning for these reasons. In some places, you need a permit first. In others, it is simply illegal. Fines for a breach are high.