Local businesses, law offices, courts, hospitals, governments, libraries, colleges, and universities have literally tons of paper work. Some of it needs to be kept intact so that it can be archived, but the less important documents that do not need to be preserved are basically a waste of space. Leaving them in basements or storage facilities places them at risk for dust, insect infestations, mold, mildew, and other damages. However, you do not have to leave your old paperwork vulnerable to the elements. Local document scanning services will be able to help you take care of your files. You may be under the impression that scanning documents is something you can do yourself by buying a simple scanner or printer with these capabilities, but this is not the case. First, local scanning services will come to your door to pick up all the papers you want them work with. This saves you the time of having to pack everything up and drive to their location. Once they have your files in their possession, they prepare them for scanning and indexing. After your stuff has been scanned, they convert it into a PDF or alternative file format of your choosing. The files are then transferred onto discs and delivered back to your business. Finally, your old papers are disposed of properly, which means they are completed shredded and subsequently recycled.