Confidential Waste Articles and Blogs

This category of confidential waste articles and blogs contains information on confidential waste and confidential waste shredding services that we provide for customers across the UK.

If you have any questions in relation to the confidential waste please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today via our contact us page.

Why Residential Shredding has become more important

Residential shredding is becoming more and more popular these days.

It can often seem like our homes are drowning in a sea of old paper, but simply throwing out items can lead to identity thieves getting the information they need to steal our identities or access our computer systems.

Most of us don’t fancy slaving over a hot shredder when we’re having a clear-out, so more and more people are turning to residential shredding companies such as The Shred Centre.

They offer a value-for-money service which frees us up to enjoy family life.


Which documents should be dealt with by residential shredding?


Bank statements and letters – These contain bank numbers and sort codes, information about the amount of money going through your account and may contain your key information to help you access the account. They may also contain information about accounts you’ve paid money into, including those of family and friends.


Credit card statements and old credit or bank cards – Keep your financial information secure by shredding these.


Utility bills containing your name and address – This is a key piece of information used to prove someone’s identity, so don’t leave them hanging around for identity thieves to steal.


Old ID cards, passports, or driving licenses – Identity thieves love these documents and can use them to cause havoc in your life.


Old bills from garages or builders – Which will contain banking information. Your tradespeople won’t thank you for letting them fall into the wrong hands.


Post It notes containing passwords or other confidential information – Hackers often start looking for information in the physical world. Your PCs and laptops won’t be secure for very long if this sort of information is thrown into the normal recycling.


Letters from doctors and dentists – No one wants their medical information to become public knowledge, so shredding these is vital.


Your diary – This single document would give an identity thief so much information about you – your daily habits, where you go regularly, and the names and addresses of friends and family which are often contained in the back. It’s also often tempting to write PIN numbers or passwords in our diaries, isn’t it?


Old hard drives – Think of the information contained on your old laptop or PC’s hard drive. Simply deleting it won’t wipe it completely and clever hackers will be able to retrieve it. The best way to ensure it remains secure is to shred the hard drive.


Do you work from home?

The lines between home and work have also become far more blurred than they used to be.

Many of us work from home on a regular basis or run a home-based business, so there are old documents like invoices, bills, and business plans which will need to be dealt with securely.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation which came into force in 2018, businesses have a duty to protect such confidential information.

So, either your business or that of your employer could be liable to a hefty fine if there is a data breach caused by information being lost from insecure confidential waste.


How do you choose the right residential shredding company?

Look for a company which will collect even a small amount of confidential waste for shredding, like The Shred Centre, rather than expecting you to wait until you have a large amount.

Examine their accreditations for quality of service, safety of your information, and care for the environment.

Then, take a look at their testimonials and see what other customers say about them.


If you need our residential shredding service, call our expert team on 0333 360 1084 – or arrange a call back here.

What have we been up to this week at The Shred Centre?


After a lovely weekend of sunshine, it’s all positive vibes here at The Shred Centre! We kick start the day with our drivers out of the depot by 7 am, heading to their customers for the day. The warehouse team have had an early 5 am start, ready to shred and get bales ready to be loaded and sent away to be recycled into loo roll!

The office ladies have been busy, with Katie ahead of the game as always and gathering feedback from our customers new and old for us to see where we can improve! Leigh has been a busy bee on the sales side of things, engaging with new customers and setting up meeting’s for the MD Patrick to attend. It is all plain sailing here when you have a team as strong as The Shred Centre’s team! Happy Monday!

Quote of the day:

‘There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, BUT with hard work, there are no LIMITS!’


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We started the day with Forklift Truck training, with our office ladies now up to speed on how to drive a forklift truck and the correct procedures involved whilst driving them around the warehouse. Big thank you to Carmel Safety for the training. See below pictures of the ladies in action.


The Shred CentreAnother beautiful sunny day here in the North East, meaning smiles all around! It has been a busy day for everyone, especially our lovely driver Timothy who has been at Middlesbrough Food bank helping clear out all of their secure waste. We offered this service to them free of charge with them being a charity and we are looking forward to working with them in the future! A big well done to everyone involved 😊


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Early start for Leigh this morning, attending BNI meeting and networking! We also had Leigh over the Teesside Business summit, interacting with other business’s and Leigh also attended the Sales workshop! We have also seen the return of Natalie and Patrick who flew back from Ibiza this morning, welcome back! All our warehouse staff have been busy as usual getting loads of paper out so that it can be recycled! Our drivers have been mega busy too, out and about servicing our one off customers as well as delivering lockable consoles to our new customers! Another great day here at The Shred Centre.


We all love a Friday! Our office manager Katie has been holding the fort today while other members of staff have been out at meeting’s all day, thank you Katie, as always 100% effort! The weather is still lovely and warm, hoping it rolls into the weekend and Monday! It has been a great week for all, and we would like to thank each one who continuously puts 100% and more into their workload! Looking forward to a new week already.

Happy Friday all, The Shred Centre.

Upgrading your business laptops? Hard drive destruction is vital to protect your data

If it’s time to upgrade your business laptops, don’t forget to protect tour confidential information with hard drive destruction.

Although the hard drive in your laptop is around 2.5 inches long, most have a large data storage capacity. That capacity ranges from 160 GB up to more than 2 TB, though most standard laptop systems have storage of between 500 GB and 1 TB.

Wiping it won’t completely destroy your data and keep it safe – the only way to ensure that is to use a hard drive destruction service.

Laptops are often taken to locations outside the office or used by people who are remote workers.

So, it’s also important to ensure they are password protected and encrypted to ensure your security while they’re still in use

What confidential information could be stored on your old laptops?

  • Banking details for your business – and for your customers and suppliers – on old invoices and bills.
  • Staff information – from salary details and disciplinary matters to medical information and banking details.
  • Customer data – including names, addresses, credit card details, and email addresses.
  • Confidential plans for your business – from plans to raise finance to information about your competitors.
  • IP addresses – which are covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Passwords that may have been saved in files or on your browser.

What could happen if there is a data breach from an old hard drive?

This could cause major problems for your business.

GDPR rules say you must have a process in place to keep your data safe and be able to show how you communicate that policy to staff and comply with it.

The relevant authorities must be informed of any data breach and, in the most serious cases, the people affected will need to be informed directly.

Your business could face an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office, a fine, and damage to its reputation with customers.

The maximum fine for the most serious breaches rose from £500,000 under the Data Protection Act to 4% of annual turnover, or 20 million Euros, under GDPR.

How does hard drive destruction work?

We collect your hard drives from your business and take them in our secure vehicles to our shredding facility.

The hard drives are shredded on the same day and you receive a certificate of destruction. We do not access them in any way, simply placing them into our product shredding machine.

We can provide an asset destruction log which details the serial numbers of every drive destroyed.

The shredded material is mixed with other shredded metal and sent to a metal processer for recycling.

We can also recycle the old laptops after removing hard drives, if necessary. This will be done under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations, which are stringent and encourage the recycling of as much material as possible.

If you need our hard drive destruction service, call our expert team on 0333 360 1084 – or arrange a call back here.

Shredding Services and Data Protection – Sweat the Small Stuff.

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Shredding services are no longer the priority defence when it comes to protecting your personal data, would you agree?

You might find it odd to hear that from a specialist security shredding company, but we would agree. There are far easier ways for criminals and identity thieves to steal your personal data and through the digital world, as we become more and more reliant on technology.

Protecting digital information is fast becoming the most effective way for companies and individuals to protect themselves from the most prolific attacks. Password protection, improved encryption and system auditing are up there as some of the most effective defences against these digital threats.

So are shredding services now obsolete?

Most definitely not. The fact is that when protecting your data it’s the little things that matter the most.

Some examples of why we think you should sweat the small stuff are;

  • Discarded items containing names and addresses could be used by fraudsters to create accounts in your or your business name. We suggest shredding all such documents to ensure your protection.
  • Notes jotted through the day by workers on jotter pads and at home by individuals, can often contain personal and sensitive data that can be used to hack computers, or as convincing material to impersonate you.
  • Old PC towers are often discarded when not needed. These data bearing devices often do not have their hard drives removed and with old encryption and software, are easy for criminals to access and utilise the data therein.
  • Printed materials used in day to day meetings for businesses are often held for that meeting and discarded, these items can contain project sensitive information and potentially sensitive customer, staff or client data. This information could be used to very damaging effect.

Our advice is to shred all documents that you utilise whilst at work and don’t take the risk on deciding what is or isn’t protected. Because that small piece of information could be used in ways you could not conceive.

As a private individual, we would suggest shredding all material that comes to you, that isn’t marketing materials from companies. It is really amazing what a criminal can do with a simple letter containing your name and address and some supporting documents.

If you need any help or advice please don’t hesitate to give us a call – 0333 360 1084

Confidential Data disposal – why it’s important not to let standards slip.

Confidential data disposal is a vital part of keeping an organisation secure, and keeping staff up-to date on the importance of secure disposal operations and best practice is essential.

We are all victims of being blinded by routine in many things, that includes how we assess what is and what isn’t confidential when disposing of information. Dealing with this sensitive information for many

is a day to day task, and with more stringent legislation under GDPR in relation to data breaches it is important that staff are continually made aware of the importance of effective confidential data identification and disposal.

Failing to maintain an adequate culture of security and letting standards slip can result in fines of up to 4% of a company’s turnover or 20 million Euros whichever is greater.  More importantly this form of data carelessness can result in real harm to business, staff, customers and members of the public.

Don’t become blind to proper confidential waste disposal.

In an article last week on confidential data disposal at The Highland Council has resulted in an urgent investigation being launched, and advice and guidance has been issued to all staff of the council with regards to effective disposal of confidential waste. Its easy to see how a slight slip in standards can cause reverberations around an entire organisation, and all of its stakeholders, customers and the public. In this case papers containing personal information of 28 children were found on the floor in open bin bags, near general waste bins.

Be security conscious when it comes to secure data disposal.

A data security conscious organisation needs to ensure that best practice is the norm and that regular training and guidance for staff is used to ensure that human error is eliminated. Of course as data shredding professionals we would recommend that to eliminate the risk of improper disposal organisations adopt a total shred policy, shredding all paper materials and data bearing devices as standard, but of course we would say that.

In our defence a total shred policy removes another administrative task and another process decision from employees, boosting productivity and performance. Essentially employees have one less admin job to deal with. It also eliminates human errors related to mis-classification of confidential data, if we treat everything as confidential we can’t get it wrong. Finally if this is an outsourced option, it can actually save an organisation money, if you want to know how please get in touch with us.

In summary, we would say that confidential waste disposal standards like all standards in a business are determined by management, who are responsible for demonstrating exemplary performance and should beat the drum of quality and improvement in all areas. In our business our MD has written a short simple guide to use when considering what to class as confidential data at work Read Here