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What is Product Destruction, Why it’s Important, and How it’s Done

There are many reasons to use a product destruction service. Read about why choosing the correct one is important for your business and the services offered.

Did you know that up to 400 products get recalled each year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission? But once those products get off the shelves, you need to make sure that they’re no longer in circulation to drag your reputation down.

The good news? Property destruction can help you do away with products that should no longer be associated with your brand and focus on future growth.

When it comes to protecting what matters in your business, property destruction is essential—especially the right method. Here’s some of our best product destruction advice on how to choose the right method and why choosing the right method makes all the difference in protecting your property.

Why is Product Destruction Important?

Product destruction allows you to take charge of your what matters most in your business—while shedding the waste materials that no longer serve you.

Your business evolves, and your product offering evolve alongside it. The last thing you need is defective, recalled, or end-of-life products to hold your business back or damage your good reputation. The trick is getting those products out of circulation.

Product destruction allows you to protect your organization’s reputation and focus on the future by securing, destroying, and responsibly disposing of products, including damaged, recalled, end-of-life, or outdated products. Any branded item can be completely removed from circulation.

That way, you no longer need to worry about old products damaging your reputation.

You also don’t need to worry about safe and responsible disposal—the right product destruction company can ensure that all products are disposed of properly.

Then, you can focus on the products that will move your brand forward—which is exactly what your business needs to grow and thrive for years to come.

Why the Right Product Destruction Matters

However, it’s not enough to resort to any available product destruction. You have to choose the right technique for the job.

If you choose the wrong technique, your products may not be entirely destroyed, which means they may still be recoverable. Then you’re staring down the same problem: old and defective products that should no longer be associated with your brand.

And there are plenty of resellers out there who would gladly make use of those products.

When you’re dealing with electronics, choosing the right technique may also be a safety issue. Proper disposal of electronic waste allows you to eliminate potential hazards attached to the item in question.

In short, the right product destruction affords you invaluable peace of mind. Proper product destruction can render a product completely unrecoverable, which means you don’t need to worry about old products damaging you after the fact.

The good news is that a good product destruction partner will have several options available to ensure you get the right method to suit your needs. That way, you’re covered by one simple solution.

Product Destruction Process

The best product destruction methods depend on the item in question. But for a truly secure product destruction (and peace of mind), you don’t want to rely on just one method.

Our product destruction uses multiple techniques to ensure complete destruction and responsible disposal. Here’s a quick overview of what that looks like.



For companies dealing with soft line goods and materials like garments, textiles, paper, and even footwear, shredding is your go-to option. Whether you’re destroying hard copies of sensitive personal information or disposing of a design so a competitor can’t steal it, shredding is a great way to protect what matters.

Plus, a good product destruction service can destroy items that you can’t shred on your own premises. Things like branded apparel, factory overruns, defective products, and recalls are far beyond the powers of your office shredder, but they’re no problem at all for a product destruction service.

For hard drives, shredding is also the best solution. This technique renders hard drives completely unrecoverable so that you can rest easy and decommission your hard drives without worry.

Shredding is the first step in our product destruction process.

We shred:

  • Branded apparel
  • Factory overruns
  • Damaged goods
  • Promotional items
  • Defective goods
  • Product recalls
  • And more

Basically, we destroy most unwanted products containing company branding, names, and logos. Shredding is the first step.


The second step is making sure the products are completely destroyed and responsibly disposed of. That’s where incineration comes in.

In incineration, a furnace is used to burn items, ensuring there’s no remaining usable part of it. Once your products are shredded, they pass through a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility for incineration. That way, the destroyed product is completely unrecoverable and safely disposed of.

We occasionally rely on other WTE technologies, including gasification, anaerobic digestion, or pyrolysis. But one way or another, your products are safely and responsibly destroyed to ensure you don’t need to worry about them.

The Best Product Destruction for Business

Product destruction is a way of protecting what matters most to your business. So if you’re in the market for product destruction services, don’t just Google, “product destruction near me.” Turn to services you can trust.

For the last 10 years, Patriot Shredding is built on the notion of security, compliance, and a standout customer experience. That’s why we have a 98% customer retention rate as the fastest-growing independent shredding company in the DMV area.

So if you need to protect what matters, we’re here to help. Check out our commercial services today and let us know how we can help.

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