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.

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 between 9 am and 5 PM Monday – Friday and from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are requested. If you make an appointment, you will have priority over a walk-in.  Please make an appointment here:

  • Drop-off: $.25/pound. $10 minimum effective 5/1/24.
  • 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, Solid State Drive and Embedded Memory Data Destruction

  • $5/drive
  • $10/drive if it needs to be removed from the device (computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc.)


  • $5/drive removed from the server

CDs, Floppy Disks, Thumb Drives, etc.

  • $.25/pound

Flat Screen Television and Computer Monitor Recycling

  • $.50/pound

$10 minimum on drop-offs effective 5/1/24.

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 our facility in Northbrook you can watch us shred the material. If you utilize the on-site, mobile shredding truck you can watch the paper get shredded.

If the electronic data storage drive is removed from the device (computer, tablet, cell phone, etc.) you can watch it be destroyed. 

If the electronic data storage drive needs to be removed from the device, you cannot watch it be destroyed due to the amount of time it takes to remove the drive from the device.

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, DVD players 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 material once we take it. Therefore, no refunds are possible.

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