Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Shred Spot is open from 9 am to 5 PM Monday through Friday and from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays by appointment only. Please make an appointment here:

Our paper shredding and electronics destruction facility is conveniently located near you at 3141 MacArthur Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062. Click here for directions.

Shred Spot is open for drop-offs by appointment only. Please make an appointment here:

  • Drop-off: $.25/pound.
  • Pick-up: $.25/pound. Service fees vary by location.
  • On-site: $50/sixty-four gallon container lift (approximately 200 pounds). Service fees vary by location.

Hard Drive and Solid State Drive Data Destruction:

  • $5/device
  • $10/device if the drive needs to be removed from the unit (computer, tablet, cell phone, gaming system, etc.)

CDs, Floppy Disks, Thumb Drives, etc.

  • $.25/pound

Flat Screen Television Recycling (no certificate of destruction is available)

  • $25/television

Yes, our Certificate of Destruction is compliant with regards to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA).

Yes. If you bring your paper to the plant, you can watch us shred it. If you utilize the on-site, mobile shredding truck, you can watch the paper get shredded.

If you bring the electronic data storage device to us out of the unit, you can watch it be destroyed. If you bring the electronic data storage device to us and it needs to be removed from the unit, you cannot watch it be destroyed.

Yes. We will bring a cart to your vehicle and unload the materials for destruction.

The shredded paper is baled and sent to paper mills for recycling. It is turned into paper towels and toilet paper. Cardboard boxes are baled separately and sent to cardboard plants for recycling. It becomes new cardboard.

Electronics are taken to an electronics recycling facility after we destroy all data storage devices.

  • Pre-shredded paper, brown bags and cardboard
  • Wires, cables, AC adapters, LCD monitors and other electronic devices that do not store data
  • We do not accept anything with refrigerant, anything with mercury, cathode ray tube monitors or televisions, light bulbs, smoke detectors, loose batteries, white goods, microwaves, and inkjet/toner cartridges

Due to the secure nature of our paper shredding and electronics destruction business, we are obligated to destroy your data once we take them. Therefore, no refunds are possible.

You can contact us and we’ll get back to you quickly with an answer.