Paper waste is created each day in any business environment. No matter what the type of industry that a company is involved in, or the roles of staff members, there is always paper involved at some point. Many businesses in the UK attempt to transition to a paperless working environment, there are still going to be certain times where paper is used. In an office, this could be in the form of notepads, sticky notes, files, bills, invoices, statements, marketing plans and many other paper based documentation that is constantly being created.
As a business owner, there is a way that you can become more ethically driven, increasing brand awareness and reducing the carbon footprint. Employing the services of a local shredding firm, one that can regularly visit your premises and collect your paper waste in a secure way. This type of service ensures that the culture of your business becomes one that will encourage recycling, placing any paper waste in a box that can be collected, ready to be shredded securely and sent for recycling, how proud would you feel that your business is helping the environment too.
There are 3 main reasons why your business should begin shredding all of your paper waste, whether you decide to shred in the workplace or to employ the services of an external shredding firm as mentioned above. Regardless of which way you choose, your staff will begin to place paper waste for shredding and recycling as a matter of habit.
Compliance with Date Protection Regulations
A major reason that your business should consider shredding all paper waste is that no matter what you decide to do with that waste, as a business owner, you have a legal responsibility to follow the Data Protection Act. Under the protocol, all businesses are only legally allowed to hold on to pertinent information. So for example, if you have files that include personal information about your employees, once they no longer work for you, that information is no longer useful to you and you must safely be disposed of. Anything that contains potentially sensitive information relating to ex-employees, suppliers and customers must be safely destroyed as soon as possible. Shredding is the most beneficialand perfect way to ensure this takes place.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
In terms of increasing the reputation of your brand, reducing your carbon footprint is a sure first winner in the modern world. By boosting your environmental awareness and creating a culture of ‘green’ thinking, your business will automatically become more attractive to customers and any potential customers, and employees. A forward thinking company can increase its staff retention levels. Transitioning to a paperless company will take time, but in the meantime ensure that all paper waste is shredded and recycled.
Prevent Identity Theft
With such a large volume of paper documents containing personal, financial and sensitive information in an office environment, it is important to do everything you can to prevent any potential identity theft.