Document shredding has many benefits for an individual business. Some of these have a positive impact on margins and efficiency and others are socially responsible. A simple switch to this more effective method of document disposal could not only save your business time and money and reduce risk but also have a broader positive impact too.
The benefits of document shredding for your business
Integrating document shredding into your business practices is a simple way to protect your confidential information and sensitive data. As we enter a new era of data protection, the risks of not properly disposing of any documents or media that contain personal data are much higher. Document shredding minimises these risks and also provides the business with an opportunity to protect its own sensitive and confidential information.
The broader benefits of document shredding – making a global impact
In addition to the advantages of document shredding for an individual business, this disposal option can make a big difference to the impact that your organisation has on the wider world.
Recycling paper and saving trees
Paper is made from trees and so the more of it we use, the more trees are required to provide the pulp to produce it. Document shredding enables old documents to be reused and turned from a waste product into new paper. This not only ensures that your old documents have an ongoing purpose but also reduces the pressure that is placed on natural resources to provide the raw materials to produce yet more paper.
Reducing damage inherent in the production process
It’s not just the trees that you save by recycling documents but the air that we breathe too. The process of paper production involves energy and chemicals, fuel and transport and can result in the release of damaging chemicals that are toxic for humans and for the environment. Recycled paper, produced from materials like shredded documents, is much more responsibly and efficiently produced.
Lifting the pressure on landfill. Like everything else that we no longer need, old documents and media often end up in landfill. In the UK, as well as many other countries around the world, we are starting to run out of space for landfill and already suffering the negative impact that landfill has on local ecosystems. Document shredding means that paper can be reused and recycled and doesn’t become part of a damaging dumping ground.
Composting for disposal
Shredded documents make the perfect materials for composting, providing an environmentally sound option for disposal and creating something new that you can reuse from office waste. Once shredded documents break down and become part of a compost they are creating a rich mix that can help to feed plants and soil, whether you have a company garden or use the compost at home.
Setting the standard for social responsibility
It’s important for businesses to visibly take responsibility for their own waste products – and with disposal methods that are as ecologically sound as possible. Document shredding is a simple and visible way to do this.
These are just some of the ways in which the decision to opt for document shredding can benefit both your business and the wider world. Get in touch with Shred-on-Site to arrange your collection today.
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