NAID AAA Certified

Paper Records and Computer Media

Highland Recycling and Shredding was awarded the NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) AAA Certification on January 23, 2012. This Certification is the highest accreditation a document destruction company can receive in the country. This is a voluntary certification, and it is awarded to companies that meet or exceed rigorous security standards and document handling procedures described below. Highland Recycling and Shredding is certified for plant-based operations and endorsed media destruction for paper/printed records and computer media/hard drives.

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Highland Recycling and Shredding carries an additional Downstream Data Coverage provided by Lloyd’s of London which covers Data Extortion Threats and Data Breach Notification Expense

Downstream Data Coverage covers our clients for the following:

Rogue Employee Coverage

Intentional Acts


Client Data Breach Notification Costs

Data Extortion

See video for more details

Highland Recycling and Shredding is a legally registered business in the state of IL.

Highland Recycling and Shredding carries general liability insurance per our NAID certification PLUS

Employee Requirements

7 Year Criminal Record Searches on all access employees.

7 Year Employment History Verification kept on file.

Criminal Record Searches are conducted every three years.

No person subject to a felony conviction in the last seven years for any crime involving theft, fraud, burglary or larceny may be employed in a capacity where they may come in contact with confidential client information.

Initial drug screening at time of hire.

50% of employees drug tested annually or the local management trained in a “Substance Abuse Recognition Awareness Program” pre-approved by NAID.

Signed Confidentiality Agreements kept on file for all employees.

All drivers meet state licensing requirements.

All access employees trained and tested annually to ensure their knowledge of the NAID AAA Certification Program as well as document handling procedures.

The Destruction Process

Employees must wear company uniforms and ID badges to improve recognition to customers.

Hard drives are sent to approved recycling centers after shredding.

Operational Security

All visitors are accompanied by an access employee at all times, and a visitor’s log is kept on file.

Unauthorized access is prevented at all entrances of the shred room in our building.

Highland Recycling and Shredding has key entry on all man doors as well as locked overhead doors which are gated and padlocked when open.

Alarm system, security cameras and closed circuit monitoring system at all access points of the building with sufficient clarity to identify individuals.

Weekly CCTV Logs used to check the camera and recording systems and kept on file.

Monthly Operational Security Maintenance Logs used to check security functions and kept on file.

Monthly Quality Control of all shredded material.

Policies and procedures manual for drivers and destruction processing employees.

All media for destruction is attended by an employee or locked and secured in collection vehicles at all times before destruction.

All collection and destruction vehicles must have applicable governmental inspections.

Two-way communication devices must be carried by drivers at all times.

Employees must wear company uniforms and ID badges to improve recognition to customers.

Training Program

This 2 minute video explains how HRS can provide your company with the NAID Information Destruction Training Program for your company.

The training complies with all major US data protection regulations including HIPAA, the FACTA Final Disposal Rule, GLB, Regulation S-P, the FACTA Red Flags Rule. Please contact HRS to receive your free-of-charge training program.

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