“Confidentiality” and “data protection” are the two current key phrases for many UK businesses. With new legal requirements incoming for data protection, as well as an increased focus from consumers and businesses on what happens to their data in others’ hands, disposing of sensitive, personal or confidential information is more important than it has ever been. Because we still don’t operate in entirely paperless environments, shredding plays a central role in confidential information and data handling strategy for every business across all industries. But which shredding services are best for you?
If your shredding needs are fairly limited and you have the resources in-house then this is often the best way to start dealing with this kind of document disposal. Make sure that the processes you have in place are absolutely watertight, as you will ultimately be entirely responsible if anything does go wrong with data or information you’re disposing of.
If your business generates a significant amount of confidential waste then bringing in the professionals might be a wiser choice. An on-site shredding service is one that comes to you. Your confidential waste is normally stored in lockable bins in your office or warehouse, which are securely transported to a mobile shredding vehicle, where everything is disposed of swiftly and efficiently. On-site shredding can be scheduled as a regular service if you have fairly predictable volumes of confidential waste that you know are likely to need regular shredding.
If your shredding needs aren’t as regular but you still need a secure way to dispose of a large volume of material then one-off shredding could be the perfect solution. At the end of a project, or perhaps when an office is being cleared out, this type of shredding service brings a secure on-site shredding service to you, offering a fast and convenient way to dispose of material that cannot leave the business premises.
Shredding services for other media
Confidential data and sensitive information aren’t just contained in brochures and other paper documents. You may have a wide range of media that can’t be traditionally disposed of and which contain the kind of data that could be problematic in the wrong hands. From thumb drives to hard drives, X-rays to video cassettes, it’s also possible to use a shredding service to safely dispose of this kind of media. A media destruction shredding service is most effective when all the disposal is done on-site at your business. Containers are provided for the media that need to be destroyed and these are securely transported to the shredding vehicle on-site. In addition to media, this kind of service can also cope with the destruction of branded products no longer required. From uniforms and security badges, to prototypes and product samples, it provides a fast and easy way to dispose of unwanted business assets, without incurring the risk of moving them off the premises.
Find out more about the different shredding services that we offer by giving the Shred-on-Site team a call today on 0800 181 4106.
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