The Library has a heavy-duty document shredder that it makes available for destruction of NPS official documents. This is a high-security shredder designed not so much to shred quickly, but, rather, to shred items into very small particles. As such it is primarily intended for destruction of classified documents. However, we will accept unclassified documents containing restricted, sensitive or Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
Please note that the requirement for destruction of documents containing PPI is much lower than that for classified documents. SECNAV INSTRUCTION 5211.5E, "Department of the Navy Privacy Program," paragraph 8b.(1) states that,
"disposal methods are considered adequate if the records are rendered unrecognizable or beyond reconstruction (e.g., tearing, burning, melting, chemical decomposition, burying, pulping, pulverizing, shredding or mutilation).
As such, many common cross-cut shredders may suffice for your needs.
The shredding service we make available is intended for NPS groups with an occasional need for shredding or faced with an unexpected event (e.g., converting a sensitive area to a public access space). Groups requiring more frequent shredding may be asked to help defray the labor costs involved.
Due to the demand for shredding, and our limited resources for processing this type of request, we ask that you observe the following guidelines when requesting that we shred materials for you: