This June 5th is World Environment Day, which is an annual event driven by the United Nations and designed to encourage worldwide action and awareness with respect to the environment. On an individual basis we are all getting much better when it comes to recycling, making fewer car journeys and generally trying to reduce the impact that we have on the world around us as much as we can. However, this is not quite so easy to do for a business, as changes often require expense and upheaval.
One very easy change to make for any business is to look at the options to shred on site. Reams of waste paper is an inescapable reality for most businesses and disposing of it can be a real headache. If you’re looking for a way to do this that is effective but which will also help to contribute to the ethos behind an event like World Environment Day then opting to shred on site is a very simple and easy way to do it.
Of course, we do already currently have recycling in place – usually operated by local authorities and councils – so why would you bother to organise a shred on site service for your business when you can do your bit for the environment with less expense and effort? Well the main problem here is security. The paper that most offices recycle is inevitably covered in data and that data is often confidential. This may be confidential data that is by its very nature secret, or something like the personal details of customers, which isn’t going to provide fuel to competitors if not properly disposed of, but which could get your business into serious trouble if that data is not effectively protected. This is essentially because the UK now has some pretty stringent laws when it comes to data protection that will apply where your business hasn’t put in place the correct procedures to properly dispose of paper based data. And this legislation really has teeth – huge fines and prosecution where trouble isn’t taken to properly manage waste paper that contains customer data.
The solution that combines both the environmental factor, as well as still offering the advantage of being very secure is to simply shred on site. The documents for shredding never leave your premises, as the shredding takes place at your office – there are no issues likely to arise with respect to anything going missing in transit because the documents will never leave your office in their whole form. The process is carried out by experienced staff, trained in both the security and environmental requirements of the situation and who know who to carry out the task with minimum effort and impact.
Then there’s the effect on the environment of ensuring that all your document waste is disposed of in this way – over the course of a year a shred on site business disposing of some 35,140 tonnes of confidential documents can help its customers save 632,550 trees in the UK, 3.6 billion gallons of water and 522 thousand cubic metres of landfill space, as well as seeing some 520 thousand tonnes of waste paper recycled into new and exciting paper products. The figures for opting to shred on site really speak for themselves…
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