FAQ about Shredders



A Cardboard Shredder is a sustainable solution to repurpose and recycle corrugated cardboard waste into void-fill material. These machines pay for themselves by helping reduce the cost of packaging material, and waste disposal.



A Cardboard Shredder is a commercial/industrial machine that lets you instantly recycle and repurpose your cardboard waste into packaging material. These cardboard recycling machines can produce cushioning strips or mats of cardboard.



A Cardboard Shredder isnt meant to shred paper or confidential documents, so dont confuse this machine with a paper shredder as they are very different devices.

While the purpose of a paper shredder is to destroy confidential paper documents by cutting them into unreadable particles or confetti to protect peoples privacy, the purpose of a Cardboard Shredder is to make packaging and void-fill material.

Although a Cardboard Shredder is not a paper shredder, it does operate a bit like one. The machines work to cut the cardboard material and transform it into tiny chips, long strips or perforated sheets, depending on the type of shredder used. The purpose of the machine is to reuse the processed cardboard as a free packaging material.

Cardboard packaging material is not only cheaper, but also more environmentally friendly than using plastic.

So if your business uses a lot of packaging material for shipping products and you have lots of cardboard waste, a Cardboard Shredder is an ideal solution to reduce costs on this material and waste disposal of your scrap cardboard.



A Cardboard Shredder cuts or shreds your cardboard waste into (long) strips or (small) chips. Both the strips and chips are great to use as void-fill and easily replace plastic packing peanuts. Cardboard Shredders can also make cardboard padding that can be wrapped around items.

Cardboard Shredders can shred any corrugated cardboard. The only requirement is that the cardboard is flat, such as flattened cardboard boxes or sheets. Therefore thick cardboard rolls cant be processed by these machines because they are too thick. It should also be noted that kraft paper cant be shredded by these machines because it is too thin.

Cardboard Shredders are user-friendly and very easy to operate. Heres just how easy it is:

  1. Turn the machine on by switching the on/off/switch.
  2. Grab a piece of cardboard and feed it into the front opening of the shredder.
  3. Thats it! The shredded cardboard falls out of the back of the machine ready for use.


It is strongly recommended to remove any staples or other hard metal objects from the cardboard to prevent wear-and-tear damage to the cutting heads. Occasional shredding of stapled cardboard will likely not cause any problems, but constant cardboard processing with metal items such as staples, is likely to damage the cutting cylinders. It is best to remove the staples and other sharp metal items because if you use the shredded cardboard as packaging material for fragile products, these metals could damage your fragile product!

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Icon for delivery_box_2Why do I need a Cardboard Shredder?

Are you a business that sends products to customers? Do you pay for (and have to store) bulky plastic voidfill? Do you get your products delivered to you in cardboard boxes that you have to pay waste disposal charges to get rid of? Do you want to let your customer know that you’re taking your recycling responsibilities seriously by sending their orders to them packed with eco-friendly shredded cardboard?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you need to contact Box Depot to make the best decision you’ll ever make!

Icon for delivery_box_2Which Cardboard Shredder should I Buy?

Every Irish business is unique and has something unique to offer! Your business may have made the excellent eco-friendly and sustainable decision to purchase a Cardboard Shredder, but you’re not sure which one will be best for your business.

At Box Depot, we have a wide range of Cardboard Shredders available. Just phone us at 01-4507272 and we will be happy to discuss your unique requirements and offer a unique Cardboard Shredder solution just for you and your particular business needs.

Icon for delivery_box_2Can I Try before I Buy?

We understand that changing the way your business operates can be a daunting prospect. You may be questioning how it will affect the productivity of your staff, or whether you’ll be left waiting to send your orders out while you shred cardboard to pack them, leading to dispatch delays. Or perhaps you’re unsure where in your facility you’ll operate your Cardboard Shredder.

That is why we are more than happy to loan a Cardboard Shredder for a trial period, so that you can see firsthand how it will revolutionise your workflow (and bank balance!)

Icon for delivery_box_2Will this be a Big Financial Investment?

Choosing to purchase a Cardboard Shredder is going to be a Big Investment ... in visibly demonstrating to your customers (and competitors!) just how sustainable and eco-friendly your business is!

You may think it will be a Big Financial Investment, but remember that you will inevitable not need to purchase and store bulky plastic voidfill any longer. Your waste charges could even drop by 70% or more as you do not have to pay to dispose of your waste cardboard.

All our Cardboard Shredders are very competitively priced, and we even offer an option to lease a machine for as little as €21 per week.

This could be the Best Investment you will ever make!

Icon for delivery_box_2How soon will my Cardboard Shredder be Delivered?

As Cardboard Shredders are large machines, our standard Next-Working-Day Delivery option on our website does not apply.

Once you have decided on the Cardboard Shredder Model you want, we will schedule a delivery appointment with you. Our technicians will personally deliver your Shredder to you and ensure it is installed and operating correctly. We will also offer training to those who will be working with the Shredder to ensure their safety and confidence in operating it, should it be required.


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