Convenient for home offices or private offices at work, the HSM ShredStar X10 is easy-to-use and offers several popular features. A simple switch controls off, auto, and reverse functions. Set the unit to "auto" and begin loading your documents. Sensors in the feed opening detect paper and automatically start the shredding process. Rather than continuing to shred thin air, the unit automatically ceases operation when the last sheet is shred. The HSM ShredStar X10 accepts up to 10 sheets at once, breaking down your documents into 5/32" x 1 3/8" particles. The level 3/P-4 security grants peace of mind when destroying documents such as credit card statements, bills, and more. The cutting head is exceptionally strong, and will tackle everything from staples, paper clips, credit cards, and even CDs/DVDs. The HSM ShredStar X10 actually offers a separate feed opening for credit cards and CD/DVDs. Paper is fed through the 8.8" feed opening, perfect for standard sized copy paper. While paper particles are collected in the main 5.5 gallon waste bin, there is a separate container for plastic pieces. To check how full the container is, you can simply peek through the small inspection window located on the front of the unit. An LED indicator displays when the bin is full, alerting the user that it is time to empty the bin to prevent potential overflow.