IT’S THE LAW
Confidential waste, such as medical records, salary details or personal address details, legally have to be disposed of correctly under the Data Protection Act. These documents should be shredded before being thrown out to ensure people’s data remains confidential.
TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT
Identity theft is becoming a common crime with criminals searching through rubbish bins to extract personal information about others. If someone got their hands on an individual’s address details for example they would find it much easier to apply for a credit card under their name.
IT MAKES RECYCLING EASIER & SAVE TIME
Most companies are keen to highlight their green credentials and recycling paper is one way for companies to show their clients and competitors that they care about the environment. Shredding documents makes recycling much easier as the shredded paper can simply be bagged up and taken to a recycling point or collected by a recycling company.
YOUR BUSINESS DATA WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL
Businesses tend to document everything from meeting notes to staff details, future business developments to sales figures. Imagine if these got into the wrong hands? Shredding documents can give companies the peace of mind that people aren’t rifling through their waste paper to find out the future plans of a business.
YOU CAN SAVE ON STORAGE SPACE
Some companies might have papers and documents which are many years old and no longer needed but they’re not sure how to properly dispose of them. Paper can take up lots of space in an office, sitting on desks or in filing cabinets, so by shredding these, space can be freed up.
STACKS OF PAPER CAN CREATE A FIRE HAZARD
Having papers stacked around the office can create the perfect fuel to spread a fire. Shredding documents and then recycling them can ensure that companies only keep what’s necessary and remove the fire hazard that excess paper creates.
TO ENSURE CONSUMER TRUST
If a company shreds confidential documents with details about their customers and clients then they can increase the trust these people have in the company. By shredding documents and making sure clients and customers know this happens, they can be confident that their data is being treated securely and with respect.
Reasons Shredding Is Important
IT’S THE LAW