May 15, 2023
Recycling is essential for any business that wants to operate sustainably. It’s estimated that the average UK office worker uses up to 45 pieces of paper daily, with two-thirds of that going to waste1. But this can’t come at the expense of security – businesses often have confidential paper documents and electronic devices that contain sensitive information that must be disposed of securely.
You may already be doing all of the right things when it comes to proper disposal and recycling. But by putting a secure recycling policy in place, you can eliminate risks and human error by making sure all employees – office and remote workers – are aware of the action they need to take when they no longer need confidential files. Importantly, you can also make secure disposal not just something employees “should” do, but part of the company culture.
In this blog, we look at the benefits of implementing such a policy – and why it’s not as time or cost-consuming as you might think.
Improper disposal of confidential documents can expose your business to significant security risks. Confidential information, such as personal details, financial information, and intellectual property, can fall into the wrong hands and be used for identity theft, fraud, or corporate espionage. It can also damage your business’s reputation and expose you to legal action.
So implementing a clear, comprehensive workplace recycling policy can help overcome these challenges and more, by:
Implementing a workplace recycling policy doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some tips for getting started:
Last year, we partnered with our customers to securely collect and recycle approximately 454,000 tonnes of sorted office paper. With the obvious environmental and security benefits that come with proper disposal of waste and confidential files, a solid, well-implemented policy can help good practice become second nature within your business.
For five easy tips on implementing a policy, click here. To learn more about Shred-it’s recycling processes – including our Shred-it all Policy, contact us today.