The purpose of document shredding services

Document shredding is a process used to destroy paper documents by cutting the paper into very small pieces. There are two main reasons why document shredding is important: to prevent identity theft and safely dispose of confidential information.
Identify theft is a multibillion dollar industry that is used to fund organized crime. Specialized equipment, infrastructure and skills are necessary to create fake identification. One or two pieces of personal information from un secured documents that have been disposed of are all that is required to steal your identity.
Banks, hospitals and financial companies are all well-known sources of confidential information that must be shredded to preserve client confidentiality. However, the responsibility for managing the disposal of confidential documents is a high priority in all industries. Shareholders, investors and internal staff are all motivated to obtain access to confidential information. A systematic document shredding process has become a standard part of file management programs in many large corporations.

Any firm that provides a service where there is an expectation of privacy is legally required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that privacy is protected. When confidential information needs to be disposed of, the most secure method is the complete destruction of the document. Document shredding allows firms to quickly and efficiently destroy documents. Once documents have been shredded, they can be recycled with no risk to the company.

Document shredding is a simple and effective way to completely dispose of all personal, private and confidential information.

Professional shedding firms provide large bins, where the documents for shredding are placed. As part of the service, a large shredding truck comes once a week to dispose of the documents using the shredder built into the truck. This option is the preferred solution for firms who have a large volume of confidential documents for shredding on a recurring basis.

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Identity Theft -The importance of confidential waste paper shredding

Identity Theft -The importance of confidential waste paper shredding

One of the most fundamental, easiest and essential ways of preventing identity theft is to shred anything with your personal or company details on it, including even if it just has your name and address.

There is increased awareness on the issue of identity theft thanks to initiatives like the National Identity Fraud Prevention Week. However with the increase attention being brought to the amount of money identity fraud is costing Britain ( last estimates put it at £1.7 billion) the more likely it is to occur to the criminally inclined that this is one way of making money that they might never otherwise have thought of.

By investing in a paper shredder and shredding anything you throw away you greatly reduce the risk of becoming another statistic.

At the moment identity theft itself is not a crime although the Government is considering making it one. It only becomes a crime when a stolen identity is actually used to obtain goods and services by deception at which point it becomes known as identity fraud.

Simply by reducing paper documents into unreadable pieces of paper you deter would be bin raiders.

Today more and more people are investing in a paper shredder for the home and office to protect themselves and their business from one of Britain’s fastest growing crimes.

However think about this. A bin raider does the rounds down your street and checks your neighbour’s dustbin and realises he or she uses a crosscut paper shredder, making it nearly impossible for anyone to piece back together a document. Chances are he more than likely won’t waste his time going down that dustbin again but will move onto the next bin – which could be yours.

It can take up to 300 hours of your time to repair your credit record if you become a victim of this particular crime ,and if you work out what your time is worth you will certainly realise that investing in a shredder not only help protect you but also makes financial sense.

Many victims do not discover their identity has been stolen for an average of 18 months.

Another solution that prevents any of your personal information from ever even reaching your bin is to employ the services of a confidential waste paper disposal company. These firms will collect your confidential waste shred it either on or off site and provide you with a certificate of destruction. Not only is this the most secure way of preventing identity theft it is also the green option as the confidential waste is usually recycled.

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Can You Trust A Regular Shredding Service With Your Confidential Documents?

Ecoshred provide regular shredding services to businesses across Manchester, Liverpool and the North West. Here’s why you can trust their shredding service…

We all know just how important it is to ensure that confidential documents are destroyed and disposed of in a timely manner. One way to make sure this happens is by using a regular shredding service. But how do you know they can be trusted?

After all, ensuring your documents are shredded is one thing. But it’s also essential that confidential information stays confidential, and is not seen by unintended recipients. If not, the consequences could be disastrous. Your data or your customers’ data could be used maliciously, or for fraudulent purposes. And if you let confidential data get into the wrong hands, you could be liable for hefty fines under the Data Protection Act.

Clearly, choosing a regular shredding service isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. So how do you know the service you choose is trustworthy?

If your business is based in the Manchester or Liverpool area, you can trust Ecoshred as your regular shredding service provider. Here’s why:

Ecoshred provide you with secure storage for your documents
Choose their regular shredding service, and Ecoshred will provide you with secure storage such as lockable consoles to store your confidential documents. A great way to keep them away from prying eyes.

Ecoshred’s representatives are background checked
Before taking on staff members, Ecoshred perform thorough background checks. What’s more, Ecoshred personnel are drug screened, and must have a clean driving licence.

Ecoshred’s personnel all carry photo ID badges
You won’t have to worry about accidentally handing over your confidential documents to the wrong people. Choose their regular shredding service and you’ll be met by an Ecoshred employee wearing an official uniform, sporting a photo ID.

Ecoshred’s representatives won’t see your confidential documents
Even though you can trust Ecoshred’s background-checked employees, you still won’t want them to see the confidential information on your documents. Well don’t worry – they won’t even touch them. Your confidential documents will be fed straight from the supplied storage container into Ecoshred’s powerful paper shredders. And by powerful, we mean powerful – as well as shredding your documents, they’ll shred folders, files and data discs.

Many businesses throughout Manchester and Liverpool use Ecoshred’s trusted regular shredding service to carry out their paper shredding and waste disposal. Why not join them? Visit www.ecoshreduk.com to learn more.

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Is A Regular Shredding Service Really The Best Way To Destroy Confidential Documents?

Many businesses use a regular shredding service to destroy confidential documents. But is this necessarily best for your business?

Ecoshred offer both a regular shredding service and one-off shredding collections for businesses based in and around Warrington. Here’s their overview of your document shredding options…

Shredding your own documents

PROS: Your shredding can be carried out immediately as and when you need it. However…

CONS: You need to buy your own paper shredders. You or a member of your team need to take the time to shred your documents. You need to take into account the energy costs involved in paper shredding. You need somewhere secure to store confidential documents prior to shredding to ensure they’re not seen by the wrong people. You need to arrange waste disposal and recycling of your shredded paper.

One-off/occasional collections from a shredding service

PROS: Your confidential documents are collected from your premises at a time to suit you. (If you’re based in Warrington or the North West, Ecoshred could do this for you.) Your documents are destroyed thoroughly by industrial-strength shredders. Waste disposal and recycling is taken care of for you.

CONS: You still need to find somewhere to store documents prior to shredding. Unlike a regular shredding service, you need to make new appointments every time. Documents may not be destroyed in a timely fashion – which, under the Data Protection Act, you’re obliged to do.

Use a regular shredding service

PROS: With a regular shredding service, your documents are scheduled for collection on a regular basis, on a frequency that suits you. Again, Ecoshred can provide this service if you’re based in or around Warrington. Your documents are completely destroyed by powerful shredders, and the waste disposal and recycling is all taken care of. As you’re having regular collections, you can be sure you’re destroying confidential documents in a timely fashion, helping meet your obligations under the Data Protection Act.

MORE PROS: With Ecoshred’s regular shredding service, you’re also provided with lockable consoles to store your confidential documents prior to shredding, keeping them all in one place and out of sight. You’re also provided with an annual environmental certificate, showing the oil, energy and landfill you’ve saved by using a regular shredding service. And a regular shredding service is the most cost-effective option, with significant savings compared to shredding your own documents.

CONS: …to be honest, we can’t think of any!

So there you have it. By far the most cost-effective, reliable way to destroy confidential documents is by using a regular shredding service. And if you’re based in Warrington, Ecoshred’s regular shredding service is the perfect choice.

Visit www.ecoshreduk.com to find out more about their professional regular shredding service, and how it can help your Warrington-based business.

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Where Should You Store Confidential Documents Before Shredding?

Paper shredding isn’t likely to be a daily task – you’d probably never get anything else done if it were! That said, it’s very important to shred confidential documents regularly, especially if they contain sensitive customer data.

Using a regular shredding service ensures your documents are destroyed promptly, but where do you store your confidential documents prior to their destruction?

Ecoshred can help. They offer shredding and waste disposal services across the St Helens, Widnes and Runcorn area, including regular shredding services and one-off collections.

A great benefit of using Ecoshred’s regular shredding service is that you’ll be provided with lockable consoles to store your paper documents prior to them being collected for shredding. But where else could you store your documents if you don’t have such consoles?

Keep your documents on your desk
We’ve all done it – let piles and piles of paper documents grow on your desk until they’re overflowing and spilling all over the place. This can restrict your working area, have health and safety issues, and leave confidential documents in plain sight for everyone to see.

Keep your documents in files or folders
This is great for documents you need to keep, or that you’re currently using. But once they’ve outlived their usefulness, you’re just taking up valuable filing space. Better to get them out of the way as soon as possible.

Keep your documents in boxes
You may decide to store your documents in boxes. While this keeps all your confidential documents in one place, it isn’t especially secure – anyone with access to your building could easily find your confidential documents, which may contain details they shouldn’t have access to.

Use a regular shredding service and keep your documents in lockable consoles
The safest, most secure way to store your confidential documents prior to shredding is to store them in lockable consoles. And one of the great things about Ecoshred’s regular shredding service is that lockable consoles are provided for you.

Using Ecoshred’s regular shredding service is so easy. You simply store the documents that need to be shredded in the consoles provided. You don’t even have to separate files, folders, staples and paperclips – it can all go in. Because Ecoshred’s consoles are lockable, you can rest assured your confidential documents will remain confidential.

Ecoshred will travel to your premises in St Helens, Runcorn or Widnes on an agreed schedule to empty your console, shred your documents and take care of all the waste disposal and recycling. Simple!

Find out more about Ecoshred’s regular shredding service at www.ecoshreduk.com.

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6 Simple Steps to Easy Document Destruction with a Regular Shredding Service In Liverpool or Manchester

Paper shredding is a task none of us ever want to do, but it must be done nonetheless. Using a regular shredding service is a great way to get your confidential documents shredded promptly and with little effort. If your office is based in the Liverpool or Manchester area, Ecoshred can make document shredding all so easy for you.

Ecoshred provide regular shredding services to businesses across the North West. Here’s their 6-step guide to using a regular shredding service:

Step 1: Agree a schedule
The first step when taking on a regular shredding service is determining just how regular the schedule should be. The frequency of your regular shredding service will be dictated by how many confidential documents you need to shred – the more documents your business creates, the more often they should be destroyed.

Step 2: Store your confidential documents safely and securely
Keeping all your paper documents to be shredded in one place will ensure you’re not scrabbling around trying to find them when it’s time for them to be shredded. What’s more, it’s important to keep confidential documents out of the sight of people who aren’t supposed to see them. For this reason, when you use their regular shredding service, Ecoshred provide you with secure lockable consoles to store your documents.

Step 3: Convenient collection
Use a regular shredding service and your documents will be collected from your premises in Manchester or Liverpool at a time that suits you – meaning disruption to your working day will be kept at a minimum.

Step 4: Your confidential documents are shredded
Once collected, your confidential documents will be destroyed. Ecoshred’s secure shredding trucks all have state-of-the-art industrial shredders installed, so your documents can be destroyed on your premises if you prefer. They’ll be shredded into confetti-sized pieces, making retrieval impossible.

Step 5: Waste disposal and recycling
After shredding your documents, your regular shredding service will also safely dispose of the shredded paper for you. Ecoshred ensure that all shredded paper is recycled, which is great for the environment. And that leads us to…

Step 6: Boast about your green credentials!
Ecoshred provide all their regular shredding service customers with an annual environmental certificate, showing how using Ecoshred has saved trees, minimised landfill and reduced oil consumption. A great thing to shout about from a sustainability PR perspective.

So if your business is based on Manchester or Liverpool, why not take advantage of Ecoshred’s great value regular shredding service? Not only is it easy, it could even save you money when compared to carrying out your own paper shredding! Visit www.ecoshreduk.com to learn more.

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Four Compelling Reasons to Use a Regular Shredding Service

Like it or not, paper shredding is an essential part of working life. To meet data protection obligations, protect from fraud and help reduce your carbon footprint, paper shredding, safe waste disposal and recycling are all essential.

The problem is this: shredding paper is time consuming. Chances are you find something more urgent or less dull to do, leaving your documents piling up untouched – and unsafe.

A great way to ensure your confidential documents are destroyed and disposed of is to use a shredding service. And an even better way to ensure your documents are destroyed in a timely fashion is by using a regular shredding service.

Ecoshred offer their regular shredding service to businesses across Warrington, St Helens, Widnes and Runcorn. Here are four reasons why using a regular shredding service makes sense…

1. You’re given somewhere secure to store your documents prior to shredding
Where do you keep your spare documents? In overflowing desk draws? Piled up in unkempt boxes? Scattered around the office waiting to be destroyed? Not ideal. Use a regular shredding service and you can reclaim much of the space your documents are taking up. Ecoshred will provide you with lockable consoles to store your paper documents prior to collection. Not only will this help keep your office clean and tidy, it’ll keep confidential documents away from prying eyes.

2. Confidential shredding in a timely fashion
Under data protection law, you should only keep customer details for as long as is necessary. The longer you keep such information, or financial details or confidential business plans, the more chance there is of them falling into the wrong hands. With a regular shredding service, your documents will be collected and destroyed on a regular schedule – with no effort at all on your part.

3. Everything’s taken care of for you
With a regular shredding service, your documents won’t just be shredded. Ecoshred will visit your premises in Warrington, St Helens, Widnes or Runcorn to collect the documents from your lockable console, after which their professional, trustworthy operatives will carry out the paper shredding in their specialised shredding trucks. Your documents will be shredded into confetti-sized pieces – so there’s no risk of them being reassembled. The shredded documents will then be disposed of and recycled. It couldn’t be simpler!

4. Save energy, save money
Ecoshred’s customers who use their regular shredding service receive an annual environmental certificate, showing the positive impact their shredding has had on the environment over the past 12 months. By saving energy, and saving on shredding equipment costs, using a regular shredding service can save you money.

So if you’re based in Warrington, St Helens, Widnes, Runcorn or the surrounding area, why not find out what Ecoshred’s regular shredding service could do for you? Visit www.ecoshreduk.com to learn more.

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Using a Regular Shredding Service in Manchester, Liverpool and the North West: Five Questions Answered

To comply with Data Protection Law, it’s essential that all confidential documents are destroyed safely and securely. A great way to ensure this happens in a timely manner is to use a regular shredding service to collect, shred and dispose of your confidential documents. If your business is based in Manchester, Liverpool or anywhere throughout the North West, Ecoshred can provide such a service for you.

To help you decide if a regular shredding service is right for you, here are five commonly-asked questions on the subject…

Where should you store your confidential documents that need to be shredded?
Before you commence paper shredding, you’ll need somewhere safe and secure to store your confidential documents, keeping them away from prying eyes. Use Ecoshred’s regular shredding service and you’ll be provided with a lockable console. Not only will this help keep your office tidy by providing somewhere to store all your paper documents, the fact that it’s lockable means your confidential documents won’t be seen by anyone who shouldn’t be seeing them.

How often should you shred your documents?
That really depends on a number of factors, such as the volumes and types of confidential information contained within them. The simple answer: often. Again, using a regular shredding service from Ecoshred is a great help here. Your documents will be destroyed on a regular basis, without you having to book in a collection and without having to do your own shredding.

Who should shred your documents?
Chances are, you won’t have time to shred your own documents. Businesses across Manchester and Liverpool trust Ecoshred’s regular shredding service. Their professional operatives are fully background checked, and at no point between collecting your console and shredding your documents will they see the actual documents.

Where should your documents be shredded?
As close to your premises as possible, to prevent documents going missing or being intercepted. Ecoshred can shred your documents on-site for you – or if this isn’t suitable, your confidential shredding can take place on their site in Warrington, not far from Manchester or Liverpool.

What should be done with the shredded documents?
Your shredded paper should be recycled – and that’s exactly what Ecoshred will do for you during the waste disposal process. Another great reason to use Ecoshred’s regular shredding service is that once a year you’ll be provided with an Environmental Certificate, showing the trees, landfill, barrels of oil and electricity you’ve saved.

So if you have a business in Manchester, Liverpool or anywhere in North West England, a regular shredding service from Ecoshred can help you save time, save money and save the planet. Find out more at www.ecoshreduk.com.

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4 Alternatives to Confidential Shredding Services – And Why They’re Not Worth The Risk…

Businesses across St Helens, Widnes and Runcorn have benefited from Ecoshred’s (www.ecoshreduk.com) confidential shredding services. Using a shredding service is the easiest, most convenient way to destroy confidential information, as well as being cost-effective and environmentally sound.

But are there any alternatives to using a confidential shredding service? Yes, there are – but they’re certainly not advisable. Here’s why…

1. Keep everything forever

Why not just keep all of your paper documents forever? Well, first of all, your office space is finite – do you really want boxes and boxes of documents filling your storage space? And more importantly, under the Data Protection Act, personal information “shall not be kept for longer than is necessary”.

2. Recycle without shredding first

Why not bypass the paper shredding process completely, and just send all your paper documents straight to recycling for waste disposal? Hopefully this thought has not crossed your mind. Again, you’ll be breaking data protection law – you must not discard customer, staff or supplier information without shredding it first.

3. Go paperless!

For decades now we’ve been hearing of the dream of the “paperless office”. While emails have replaced faxes, and spreadsheet software has reduced the need for calculators, it’s likely a lot of your work is still done on good old-fashioned paper. A truly paperless office is almost certainly impractical, so if you’re using paper documents, you’ll need to ensure they’re shredded safely. If you’re in or around Widnes, Runcorn or St Helens, Ecoshred can do this for you.

4. Carry out your own document shredding

Why pay for a confidential shredding service like Ecoshred when you can do it yourself? Paper shredding needs to be carried out as quickly as possible to fulfil your data protection obligations – do you or your team always have time to do it? You’ll then need to find the time to ensure safe waste disposal of your shredded documents – a confidential shredding service will take them away for you. And don’t forget the cost of the shredding equipment and energy – a shredding service can work out significantly cheaper.

So if your business is based in the St Helens, Runcorn or Widnes areas, why not consider using Ecoshred for your confidential document shredding?

Their trained, trusted operatives will collect, destroy and dispose of your confidential documents for you. Don’t worry about separating staples or paperclips, or even removing your documents from files and folders – Ecoshred’s industrial-strength shredders can destroy them all. They’ll even shred CDs or DVDs of confidential data.

Visit www.ecoshreduk.com/services.html to learn more.

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Who Needs a Confidential Shredding Service in Manchester or Liverpool? You Do!

Not sure if you’d benefit from a document shredding service? Let Ecoshred (www.ecoshreduk.com) convince you. If your business is based in Manchester or Liverpool, they can destroy your confidential documents for you. Collection, paper shredding, waste disposal – all taken care of.

Here’s their list of just six of the many professions for whom a confidential shredding service is absolutely essential…

1. Office managers and administrators

If you’re responsible for ensuring your office runs smoothly, a confidential shredding service can play a key part. You’ll help the rest of your team run efficiently by ensuring all the paper shredding is taken care of, leaving them (and you) to get on with other important tasks.

2. Legal professionals

Whether working as part of an in-house legal team, a firm of solicitors or barristers’ chambers, you’ll be dealing with some very sensitive documents. Use a confidential shredding service and you’ll ensure they’re destroyed and disposed of before they fall into the wrong hands.

3. Human resources departments

In HR, you’ll have access to confidential employee information, which you’ll have an obligation to dispose of safely. A document shredding service will ensure this is done. Also, you’ll also be concerned with corporate and social responsibility issues – so it’s worth knowing that a document shredding service such as Ecoshred will recycle all shredded paper. Ecoshred will even provide an Environmental Certificate – perfect for proving your green credentials.

4. Accounts and payroll departments

Accounts departments and payroll teams deal with financial details that could potentially be used for fraudulent purposes. Ensure this doesn’t happen by having such documents destroyed by a confidential shredding service.

5. Data managers, controllers and analysts

If you’re responsible for data in your business, you’re also responsible for maintaining its confidentiality. Ensure your obligations under the Data Protection Act are met by destroying confidential data using a professional shredding service.

6. Small business owners

There are many ways in which small business owners can benefit from using a confidential shredding service. You’re likely to be a one-man operation or have a small team, so you’ll have very little time to shred your own documents. And you’ll be trying to stretch your budget as far as possible, so it’s worth knowing that using a document shredding service can work out cheaper than paying for shredding equipment, power, waste disposal and recycling yourself.

In a nutshell, if you want to ensure your confidential documents are kept confidential, you want to save time and money, and you’re concerned with sustainability issues, a confidential shredding service is a must. So if you’re based in Manchester, Liverpool or anywhere in the surrounding areas, why not find out more about Ecoshred?

Their professional, fully-vetted operatives are trusted by businesses throughout the Liverpool and Manchester areas to collect, destroy and recycle confidential documents. Learn more at www.ecoshreduk.com/services.html.

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