Shredding companies offer a specialist service that is designed to destroy your paperwork in a controlled, secure and safe way. We compare the use of professional shredding services with two other methods:
1. Standard Waste Collection
Having your waste collected by a waste management company is likely to be the least expensive method of getting rid of your documents. These kind of operators collect on a weekly or monthly basis and remove the papers from your offices before transferring them to a waste site or re-selling them for export.
However, using a waste management company does not mean your paperwork will be securely destroyed. There is a risk that and personal information contained in the papers could be compromised and use for criminal acts such as ID Theft.If you do not dispose of data in the correct manner, you will be liable to prosecution from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who can fine organisations up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
2. In-house Shredder
Destroying files that contain sensitive data is best achieved using a shredding machine. For this to be carried out in-house, you would need to purchase a shredding machine and deploy a member of staff to shred your documents.
For the disposal of confidential waste, this is a better option than contracting a waste management company but there are a number of draw-backs:
The expense of buying a shredding machine
Standard office shredding machines can be relatively inexpensive but machine that are designed to handle a reasonable volume of papers will require significant investment.
The shredding machine’s maintenance
All machines require maintenance to ensure their mechanical capability is optimised. Shredding equipment is no different and the higher volume machines need maintenance contracts to keep them functioning at their best.
The output from the shredding machine
Unless an expensive high volume machine is used, most standard shredding equipment shreds the paper at a low security level which means a determined criminal could recompile the data. Find out more about the different levels of shredder security.
The cost of re-deploying a member of staff to shred
In addition to the pressure placed on your staff by having someone dedicated to shredding your documents, standard office shredders cannot handle paper clips and other fastenings; your staff will need to sort through their documents before they can be shredded to prevent the shredder from being damaged.
3. Shredding Companies
Outsourcing your confidential waste disposal is the route that many organisations now choose. Shredding companies like Shredsec are specialists in delivering easy and cost-effective solutions to a variety of individuals and organisations.
The benefits of using shredding companies include:
Shredding companies use industrial shredding machines so you can be assured your paperwork is completely destroyed and is no longer a risk.
There is no need to invest in shredding machines or redeploy a member of your team to shred. The shredding company can collect your confidential waste or shred on-site using a specialist shredding truck. Shredsec offer regular collections or a one-off service for those ‘end of year’ purges.
All the paper shredded by Shredsec is used to make new paper products or cardboard and so your environmental credentials are strong.
Contact Shredsec to discuss your shredding requirements. We cover East Anglia, London and the East of England.