In This Section

Shredding & Data Destruction Services

Dakota Data Shred (DDS), a division of Novak Sanitary Service, has been providing confidential, secure, and convenient data destruction services since 1995.

Why Choose Dakota Data Shred?

    • Proven 20 year business track records since 1995
    • AAA Certified by National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) for strict regulatory compliance to destroy paper/printed media, micro fiche/film, computer hard drives & non-paper media
    • Offer mobile and plant-based destruction services
    • Service area includes: South Dakota, SW Minnesota, NW Iowa, and NE Nebraska
    • Recovered paper from shredding is shipped to pulping mills for recycling

Gary Gascoigne Explains How Dakota Data Shred Works

Recycling Impact

In 2014, Novak recovered 7.5 million pounds of shredded documents to be recycled into tissue paper and paper towels. According to the EPA, for every ton of paper recycled it can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.

7.5 million pounds = Saving equivalent of 562,485 gallons of gasoline.

For 20 years, businesses and residents have trusted DDS to destroy:

  • Paper/Printed Media
  • Micro Fiche/Film
  • Computer Hard Drives
  • Non-Paper Media, like:
    • Optical Media: Includes digital electronic storage devices that write or read data, CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs
    • Magnetic Media: Includes magnetic tapes and floppy disks.
    • Flash Media: Includes USB storage devices, PDA's and cell phones.

AAA Certified by National Association of Information Destruction (NAID)

Dakota Data Shred is an AAA Certified business meeting strict regulatory compliance.

This short video explains the value of NAID Certification in establishing the ongoing compliance and security of data destruction companies. It also explains how, by selecting a NAID AAA Certified company, customers are actually fulfilling important regulatory requirements to validate the policies and procedures of their data destruction company contain specific language and provisions.

Service Area Map

Dakota Data Shred serves South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa as outlined on each state map below.

South Dakota

All counties


Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock


Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne


Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, Monona, Obrien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury


Novak Sanitary residential trash customers are allowed to bring the equivalent of five banker size boxes of documents per year to our office to be shredded, free of charge! After the five free boxes per year, the cost is only $5 per box.

Individuals who are not Novak residential trash customers may also drop off documents to be shredded. The cost is $5 per box (size equivalent to 12" x 15" x 10").

Please bring items to our Novak office:

Hours Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Address 5000 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

What should residents bring to shred?

In short, all sensitive information including junk mail and paperwork that includes the items below should be destroyed.

  • Account numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Passwords and PINs
  • Signatures
  • Social Security numbers

To protect your privacy, you should also consider shredding items that include:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mail addresses

Below is a list of specific items to consider shredding for your safety and privacy:

  • Address labels from junk mail and magazines
  • ATM receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate, extra copies of
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Credit and charge card bills, statements and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired credit and identification cards including driver's licenses, college IDs, military IDs, employee badges, medical insurance cards, etc.
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Insurance documents
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • Legal documents
  • Luggage tags
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with a Social Security number
  • Pre-approved credit card applications
  • Receipts with checking account numbers
  • Report cards
  • Resumes or curriculum
  • Signatures (such as those found on leases, contracts, letters)
  • Tax forms
  • Transcripts
  • Travel itineraries
  • Used airline tickets
  • Utility bills (telephone, gas, electric, water, cable TV, Internet)


Dakota Data Shred is fully-insured and makes it easy for businesses to securely destroy paper/printed media, micro fiche/film, computer hard drives & non-paper media. Please call or email us about:

  • Free estimates for all jobs
  • AAA Certification
  • Certificates of destruction issued
  • Various sizes containers available
  • Pickup scheduled at the customer’s convenience: daily, weekly, monthly or yearly

Business organizations must comply with the laws and regulations to protect certain information when it is discarded.

Here are a few of the growing number of laws:

  • Fair and Accurate Transaction Act (FACTA)

    Do you use consumer reports or credit reports to evaluate customers' creditworthiness? Do you consult reports when evaluating applications for jobs, leases, or insurance? Here's information about your responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other laws when using, reporting, and disposing of information in those reports.

    Fair Credit Reporting Act

  • Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    HIPAA data security compliance spans computer hard drives, media and paper documents. Each must have its own plan to maintain data lifecycle privacy from encryption, retention and retirement (destruction).

    HIPAA Data Security

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires financial institutions – companies that offer consumers financial products or services like loans, financial or investment advice, or insurance – to explain their information-sharing practices to their customers and to safeguard sensitive data.

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Federal Trade Commission

  • Red Flag Rule

    The Red Flags Rule requires many businesses and organizations to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect the warning signs – or red flags – of identity theft in their day-to-day operations.

    Fighting Identity Theft with the Red Flags Rule

Shred Events

Shredding sensitive paper documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Every year Dakota Data Shred partners with businesses for 18 free community shred events to keep personal information out of the hands of thieves. Dakota Data Shred also ships the shredded documents to pulping mills to be made into tissue paper and paper towels.

To confirm an event or receive additional information, please contact the organizations in the listing.

No events at this time. Please try back at a later time.

What Residents Should Bring

Most shred events permit individuals to bring up to two file boxes or three grocery bags of paper documents.  Residents should consider shredding these types of documents.


Bradley W. Nylen, General Manager
Record Keepers Inc., Sioux Falls, SD

Record Keepers Incorporated has been using Dakota Data Shred destruction services for over 15 years.

They have given us timely and secure record destruction and we have never had any problems with them. Their drivers are always courteous and helpful. They take whatever we send them for shredding: microfilm, VHS tapes, and paper. We are very happy with their service.


I am a Novak residential customer. Is it okay if I just bring in one box at a time?
After the documents are securely shredded, what happens to them?
The shredded documents are formed into bails and shipped out to pulp mills to be recycled.  In 2014, Dakota Data Shred recovered 7.5 million pounds of shredded documents.
I understand you destroy Non-Paper media too. Can you explain what type of items those are?
Non-Paper media types:
  • Optical Media: Includes digital electronic storage devices that write or read data, CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs.
  • Magnetic Media: Includes magnetic tapes and floppy disks.
  • Flash Media: Includes USB storage devices, PDA's and cell phones.
Do you have a list of the types of documents a consumer should shred?
Yes, we have a list of paper documents residents should bring to shred.