Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business


Parish Morris

Founder & President

Laminated documents are everywhere around us. From ID cards to signage, menus, and important documents, all have extra protection. Lamination protects important documents, but what happens when they need to be discarded? While shredding generally might seem like the answer for discarding, can you shred laminated paper?

Yes, you can shred laminated paper. While shredding laminated documents is possible with the right equipment and precautions, it’s crucial to approach the process carefully to avoid damaging the shredders. For a seamless process, opt for a shredder with powerful engines and blades.

Laminated paper comprises one or more layers of paper coated with a thin layer of plastic film. This enhances the paper’s strength, making it resistant to tearing, moisture, and other forms of damage. Let’s delve into the right methods for shredding laminated paper. 

Can You Shred Laminated Paper at Home?

No, you can’t shred laminated paper at home. While technically feasible, it is not advised to shred laminated documents at home, as it spells trouble.  

Home shredders are highly discouraging for shredding laminated sheets. They lack power engines and blades to do the task smoothly, and might end up damaging or even destroying the shredder.

As it’s challenging for home shredders to cut the thick plastic film of laminated paper, it might leave large pieces which could still reveal sensitive information. Moreover, shredded laminate fragments are not recyclable and can contaminate entire batches of paper waste, rendering them unusable.

Can I Dispose Of Laminated Sheets?

Yes, you can dispose of laminated sheets. Instead of risking your shredder and potentially compromising security, work with safe disposal methods. Delamination is a simple and easy way to dispose of laminated sheets. Separate the plastic film from the paper using a utility knife or a specialized tool.  Once separated, shred the paper component using your home shredder. Alternatively, dispose of plastic responsibly.

For a small number of documents, consider using scissors or pinking shears. When it comes to the securely disposing of an immense quantity of laminated documents, manual cutting is a big no. The ideal solution is to take professional shredding services from companies, like Document Security Solutions, having heavy-duty equipment. 

Is Laminated Paper Recyclable?

No, laminated paper is not recyclable. The lamination process involves adhering of plastic film to the paper fibers, and it melts into them. The plastic film is difficult to separate from the paper in the paper recycling machine.

Any paper coated in plastic, foil, or wax cannot be recycled. The only way to recycle a laminated paper is to peel off the laminating film before disposing of it. To secure confidential information, consider blacking out sensitive information with a permanent marker.

Can You Burn Laminated Documents?

No, you can’t burn laminated documents. Although it might seem convenient, burning laminated documents is dangerous. With burning, the release of harmful toxins puts the environment at risk. Additionally, it poses significant health concerns.

Is Laminated Paper Biodegradable?

No, laminated paper is not biodegradable. Laminated paper comprises two layer, the inner layer is paper which is biodegradable. However, the outer layer is plastic which is non biodegradable, it means laminated paper can take years to decompose.

For confidentiality reasons and to keep the environment safe, it’s best to delaminate and recycle the paper and plastic separately where possible. 


Laminated paper and home shredders are not compatible. Opt for alternative methods like delamination, professional shredding services, or manual cutting to ensure secure disposal. Responsible information protection is crucial, and these alternatives effectively achieve that goal while protecting your shredder and the environment.

Brian Huff

Operations Logistics Division

Brian works in the Operations Logistics Division but is also a secondary contact for Services. He is the primary contact for Total Recall, handheld scanners, and barcoding questions or concerns. Brian also manages daily work orders to maintain operations with our Site Operations Coordinators nationwide. Brian is retired from the United States Air Force with 21 years of service. His time in service was spent mainly managing aircraft maintenance and personnel. He has a meticulous eye for quality and is an experienced supervisor and manager. The knowledge and experience gained from his service has ensured an easy transition into the Document Security Solutions team. I plan to grow within Document Security Solutions and master my craft. I am also looking to further my education in both my professional and personal life.

Andrew Mills


Andrew is Document Security Solutions Training and Compliance Specialist. Andrew onboards and trains all new employees to the standards of DSS. If required, he submits for a background check for each particular location. He organizes and plans individual and company training to ensure that all is current on all required training and policies for DSS. He meets quarterly with all Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and Privacy Officers at each location to assist in inspections requirements and Finally, Andrew has honorably served in the U. S. Navy as a Radio Teletype Morse Code Operator and currently Serves in the U.S. Army as the Senior Intelligence Analyst for EUCOM JAC HQ as the Training and Operations Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) since May of 2022. Andrew has also served as the Lead Intel All Source Training NCOIC of the Army Reserve Intelligence Service Center at Fort Gillem, Ga. Andrew has a total of 32 years of service.

Randy McGinnis


Randy has 20 years of experience in the United States Air Force working as a Contracting Officer, Fiscal Budget Planner, Communication Technician, as-well-as leading diverse teams that has provided him with priceless experience in Federal Procurement Strategies that make him an indispensable member of the DSS team.Randy is Document Security Solutions Contract Specialist. Randy develops strategic plans to secure future Government contracts, establishes relationships with Government agencies, and markets our capabilities. Additionally, Randy assists the Capture Team as they source Government contracting opportunities daily establishing contract submission, awards, sources sought, and manage administration to existing contracts.

Lisa Ochoa

Executive Assistant

Lisa provides executive-level support to the Founder and the Chief Operating Officer. She provides additional support to team members to ensure that company goals and objectives are accomplished and that operations run efficiently. Lisa brings 18 years of office experience that is utilized daily by planning and orchestrating work to ensure that senior executives’ priorities are met, organizational goals are achieved, and best practices are upheld.

Latrice Franklin

Business Development Specialist

Latrice Franklin identifies new business opportunities and clients for Document Security Solutions, while developing long term relationships. She uses her craft to develop marketing and sales strategies to help grow the company’s business. Latrice is responsible for coordinating strategies with operations, marketing, and executives to propose new business ideas that can improve revenue margins.

Serene Obak

Invoice Billing Clerk

Serene is part of DSS’ Quality Assurance Team. Serene understands the work others in her division do and how it impacts her own, therefore collaborating to achieve business’ quality standards, she recognized it’s a key quality of team effort.

Serene communicates with our Vendors and Subcontractors requesting Invoices, Service Tickets, and Certificates of Destruction be submitted weekly, her process is to review for accuracy, which in turn ensures we all receive prompt payment.

Nicole Rogers

Service Manager

Nicole handles logistical coordination of all company contracts. Nicole’s prior military experience as an intelligence Analyst brings all the skill set needed to successfully maintain numerous government and local contract organizing personnel, schedules, and material.

Norris "Chuck" Thurmond

Operations Team Member

Chuck served as an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy. He developed a passion for managing, training, planning, and organizing from conducting domestic and global operations for 24 years on active duty. While transitioning to the civilian world as a member of Document Security Solutions operation team, Chuck utilizes the skills and experience gained to oversee the day-to-day scheduling of services and the movement of personnel and material for a rapidly growing company.

Robert “Bobby” Warden

Regional Site Operations Coordinator & Compliance Associate

Bobby is the first Regional Site Operation Coordinator for Document Security Solutions. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Eastern region. His scope of work includes all things training and compliance working hand in hand with Christal in doing so. Bobby served as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy. He cultivated his leadership and organizational skills by leading thousands of Sailors during his 24 years of active-duty service.

Christal Miller

Training & Compliance Manager

Christal is the Training and Compliance Manager with employees and contractors. The work encompasses handling employee training, badging, and background checks. The goal is to ensure that Document Security Solutions has the most knowledgeable, diligent, and prepared staff possible. Christal’s 22 years in the United States Navy of training and leading hundreds of sailors, is the source of her acquired knowledge and skill to work everyday with the DSS team.

Jack Mussett

Scanning Technician

Jack oversees the scanning department. He applies the best practices to the scanning production process and leverages his skills to help Document Security Solutions expand its service offerings. He brings more than twenty years of corporate experience in the application of document management systems, hybrid systems, and end-user training for the paperless world.

Alisha Carey

Contract Administrator

Alisha is Document Security Solutions inside Contract Manager. Alisha received her contract Management certification at the University of California Irvine. She is responsible for all contract submissions, awards, modifications, and contract closeouts. Additionally, she assists in the development of DSS’s procurement strategy plan for both SDVOSB set aside and GSA procurement. Since joining DSS Alisha has helped the company win 23 awards in just under 2.5 years.

Darryn DiSanto

Capture Manager

Darryn creates strategic plans to secure future government contracts. Darryn builds relationships with government agencies and markets our capabilities. Darryn also leads the Capture Team as they source government contracting opportunities daily. Darryn has 20 years of experience in the United States Air Force working in government acquisition, finance, budget, and accounting as well as leading diverse teams has provided him with keen insights and experience that make him an indispensable member of the DSS team.

Donna-Marie Morris

Chief Operating Officer

Donnamarie Morris Chief Operating Officer (COO) Design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures, set comprehensive goals for performance and growth, and Establish policies that promote company culture and vision. Oversees our outsourced Human Resources and the daily operations of the company and the work of executives!
Donnamarie Morris oversees Compliance, and Training develops compliance processes and procedures and reviews implemented training, reviews company policies, and advises on possible risks.
Donnamarie’, goal as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is to manage all aspects of the organization’s plans and to cultivate a culture of performance and continuous improvement.

Parish Morris

Founder & President

Parish served as an Administrative Chief and a Military Recruiter in the United States Marine Corps. He retired after serving twenty faithful and honorable years in the United States Marine Corps. As a civilian, Parish quickly realized that his military skills had prepared him to become a Veteran Entrepreneur. Parish managed to use his leadership skills, professional training, education, and the experiences he had gained from traveling around the world to open a mobile document destruction business in Murrietta, California.

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