Mobile shredding trucks
The main distinctions between various makes and models of mobile shredding trucks are Throughput per hour, payload capacity, unloading speed and overall reliability. A high throughput, high payload, reliable and rapidly unloaded truck is far more profitable to operate.
A vehicle option that can have a low capital cost is a "homebuilt" truck, bought from a Company that may make mobile shredding trucks as a sideline to its main business or built under contract by an engineering company with no previous experience in manufacturing mobile shredding trucks.
Higher Throughput Trucks
With the increasing volumes of documents being shredded through mobile shredding Trucks there has been a move towards trucks with higher throughput and payload, more efficient unloading and very high reliability.
Document collection containers
To facilitate the collection of documents, shredding companies provide their customers With some type of collection system - either bins, cabinets or bags. The cost of the containers is either built into the shredding fee, or is charged separately as a monthly rental.
Perhaps the most widespread collection container is the plastic 120, 240 or 360 liter "wheelie" bin. These are available with slotted and locking lids specifically for the Purpose of confidential document collection.
Purpose designed confidential document collection cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. When customers are given the option of cabinets in various shades and sizes they are seeing the benefits over their relatively un-attractive and bulky "wheelie bins". Shredding firms are generally able to charge more when they supply cabinets over bins, either by way of a monthly cabinet rental, or by charging a higher fee (when equated on a per kilogram, per unit or time basis) for each shred. In addition to being able to charge more for cabinets, there is also the benefit of tailoring the cabinets to meet the customers taste in size and color - this creates a "stickier" relationship between the customer and the shredding firm, so your customer base becomes more resistant to approaches by your competitors.
Two types of bags are commonly used in the UK - woven polypropylene and multi walled paper sacks. Bags are a convenient low cost collection system that allow a distinct advantage over both bins and cabinets - they are very easy to store and carry, and they can be sent by mail or courier. Given they can be delivered by a third party, many shredding firms will sell their bags (ie. printed with their logo etc.) on a pre-paid basis. Once the bag is full the clients contact the shredding firm to arrange collection.