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.
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National Confidential Waste Partnership Begins.
Today marks the beginning of a national confidential waste partnership between Nurse Plus UK and The Shred Centre. We are delighted to be working in partnership, offering secure shredding to the national healthcare recruitment and domiciliary care specialists.
The Client, Who Are they?
Nurse Plus is a specialist in healthcare, offering domiciliary and establishment care throughout the UK. The company was founded in 2005 by a team with huge Healthcare Recruitment experience and has had great success. Since they began over a decade ago, they have honed their craft significantly to ensure they are able to provide care staff with the right ability, attitude and competence, to deliver a robust client care service. The company continues to commit to improving and progressing, to keep at the top of their industry.
The service, What will we be doing?
We will be providing secure consoles to each of the 40+ sites across the UK, collecting and destroying confidential waste on demand. The Healthcare sector is one where sensitive personal data is hugely prevalent. We will be working with Nurse Plus UK to ensure that the sensitive and confidential waste they produce, is disposed of appropriately. The company takes pride in protecting the data of its clients, staff and other service users and by installing one of our secure consoles at each of their sites. They can be sure that all confidential waste deposited will be collected and destroyed appropriately. By adopting our service, the staff of Nurse Plus UK will be able to focus on their core service and maintaining their position, as a leader in their field.
Our teams across the UK are looking forward to starting work on secure destruction for this customer. A great new addition to the new year!
More details of Nurse Plus UK’s healthcare recruitment services can be found on the link here.
The deal will see The Shred Centre become the Stations official document destruction and recycling partner, providing a regular collection service from site for the destruction of all paper waste and annual collections of WEEE (waste electronics and electrical equipment) containing sensitive data.
The Shred Centre specialise in document destruction and confidential waste services for businesses and individuals across the region, they are an independent company with a fantastic reputation in the industry. All of the materials they collect are securely destroyed to European standards and recycled 100%. The company services of 200 businesses in the region and has a fantastic reputation.
Managing Director of The Shred Centre, Patrick Stephens, expressed his thoughts about working with the Station:
“It’s fantastic to be working in partnership with Sun FM. The station is clearly committed to improving its data security and also its environmental footprint. They are a very forward thinking team and great at engaging with and promoting local businesses such as ourselves. This partnership gives us a great opportunity to help express to the local community of the environmental benefits of our service in addition to the security benefits. All of us at The Shred Centre are looking forward to working in Partnership with Sun FM for many years to come”
Louise Black, Office Manager at Sun FM, says:
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with The Shred Centre, they have a fantastic reputation. At Sun FM we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and this partnership will ensure that all paper based material and WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) containing data will be securely destroyed recycled.”
What does the law say about shredding confidential waste?
Data protection legislation in its current form, officially came in to being On the 24th October 1995. The European Parliament brought in to being Directive 95/46/EC, commonly referred to as the Data Protection Directive.
UK Data Protection Legislation
As members of the European Union, the UK was obliged to implement this directive. The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) was a result of this implementation. The act came in to force initially on 1st March 2000, with some certain provisions implemented later in October 2007.
Now, if you think that these documents are incredibly tedious and boring read, you would be right, THEY ARE!
(You can read the data protection act in full here!)
unfortunately for me, as a professional in the field, data protection legislation is required reading.
This means that I can answer with confidence the question we get asked a lot: “Does the law say I have to shred confidential waste?”
The simple answer is, NO!
At no point do the words shredding or confidential waste appear in either piece of legislation. In fact there is no suggestion of what methods should be used to destroy personal data.
What the Data Protection Act 1998 does say in Principle 7 is:
Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
For those handling personal data, the ability to demonstrate that technical and organisational measures are in place is key.
If a company suffers and reports a data breach it means it has already happened, therefore action is almost always retrospectively enforced and historic processes and measures reviewed to establish compliance.
If it cannot be shown there is a documented, clear and appropriate system in place, then fines of up to £500,000 could be applied.
Outsourcing the destruction of information baring media to a confidential waste destruction company, ensure that businesses will be able to provide clear evidence of the measures in place at operational and managerial level.
Documents that all good confidential waste destruction companies should provide their customers if they want to ensure the most robust service is in place and being adhered to at all levels include as a minimum but are not limited too:
- Written information destruction policy
- Contract outlining service dates
- Annual collection records to detail activity
- Destruction certificates for all shredding services
- Non-disclosure agreements signed by service drivers handling waste
- Annual destruction facility report (if off-site shredding undertaken)
- Confirmation of staff DBS checking & vetting procedures
- The UK data protection legislation does not specifically mention that shredding is required in order to satisfy statutory obligations.
- The law does require businesses to ensure that the have appropriate measures in place to ensure that personal data is protected.
- If a company is found guilty of a data breach, then large fines can be handed out to businesses that do not have evidence of control measure in place.
The ICO’s website has a fantastic easy(ish) to read guide to the data protection act, which is worth looking at to further understand your obligations.
Why do companies have a shredding service?
As a secure shredding company, this is a question we are often asked, and for a long time the answer was to me was quite straight-forward;
“There are many reasons that a company adopts secure shredding as an out-sourced service, which include but are not limited to improvements in profitability, to increase staff productivity, for reasons of compliance and for environmental reasons.”
This answer was has been generally supported when we have asked our customers, why do you have a shredding service?
The answers that come back all though often not worded the same could generally be placed in to one of the three categories above.
However we have recently taken a deeper look into the research we have undertaken with our customers, and realised that there is one single unifying reason that all of our customers have adopted our shredding service.
That reason, is respect.
In examining the responses we received, we could see that all of the responses citied that protecting data was the reason that they chose to adopt a service.
Obvious you may think, however what we found interesting was that these conscientious businesses over and over again stated they wanted to protect their customers’ data and their staff’s data.
Protecting their own business data was mentioned by a couple of companies too, as an aside, but the focus on protecting others’ information was a constant.
To sum it up the reason we exists as a shredding company, and are allowed to protect our customers, is because our customers respect their customers enough to ensure their data is secure.
Check out our MD Patrick talking about this.
Our Harrogate shredding service.
Today the Shred Centre have been out and about Shredding in Harrogate. We provide on site shredding in harrogate and offsite shredding in harrogate.
Our offsite vehicle was out today on its harrogate shredding rounds. Some highlights of the Harrogate shredding are below.
- Regular shredding service in Harrogate
One of our regular customers had a massive clear out and called us in for a one off off-site shredding service. We came out to the site, collected all 150 sacks and took it away on a secure vehicle. All materials were destroyed the same day at our secure facility. Another successful trip with a happy customer for shredding in Harrogate.
- Residential Shredding in Harrogate
As well as providing our offsite shredding services in Harrogate, to our contracted customers, we are always happy to help and provide our on site shredding service in Harrogate to our residential customers. We offer them a one off service, with no contracts in place. Today we are visiting a customer who is disabled and therefore unable to get to the sacks and boxes. There was a large number of sacks and boxes that needed to be shredded. The customer wanted to see the waste being shredded on site for peace of mind. We were happy to help out. Another successful customer for Harrogate shredding.
Offering our services for shredding in the Harrogate area has proved successful, with the demand for shredding in Harrogate being high.
If you would like more information on our shredding services, you can call us on 01325 300003 or email email@example.com
Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone!
Offsite shredding in Sunderland – Yesterday 12 / 8 / 15.
Just a quick update as to what we were up to yesterday,
We started Shredding in sunderland at 7:00am yesterday, with our route full of businesses needing shredding in Sunderland area. We collected waste from 3 of contracted clients who are serviced on a 4 weekly basis in the Sunderland and 8 customers who required our one off off site shredding in Sunderland service
At our first stop we collect the waste from an office location, this customer stores waste in a secure, lockable console which we provide contracted clients with as part of our service. Once confidential waste is deposited in these containers, it is only accessible by our vetted operatives. This means that our customers have compete peace of mind, once the confidential waste is deposited it is totally secure whilst awaiting destruction. Once the waste is collected from the consoles, it is then put on our secure off site shredding vehicle, and stored in an approved secure UN container for transport.
Once all of our Sunderland business shredding customers in were serviced, we moved on to the two residential customers we had, who need a one off clearance which was delivered by as part of our home shredding in Sunderland service. Again, the bags and boxes are put into a secure container for transport in our secure vehicle prior to its shredding and destruction in our local shredding facility.
All our regular and one off clients will receive their destruction certificates to document their waste as being destroyed securely, helping to demonstrate that appropriate measures have been taken.
All in all a successful day with our customers happy! If you need information on off site shredding in the Sunderland area, whether it’s for a one off collection or regular shredding service, give us a call and the office team will be more than happy to help!
Contact us if you are a business here or for a home shredding service click here.
Have great day!
Shredding our Challenges – another one bites the dust!
On the 9th of August 2015, the Shred Centre team and friends took part in the 3 peaks challenge! We decided two months ago that it would be a great challenge and it would improve our team building skills! Having already completed the National 3 Peaks challenge in under 24 hours in 2014, the team at The Shred Centre were all looking forward to ticking off another challenge on our list! We think we are the only shredding company in Yorkshire who have completed this as a team!
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres)
Whernside (736 metres)
Ingleborough (723 metres)
Our challenge started at 7:00am where we began our walk up the first peak, Pen-y-Ghent. At this point it was raining, and a bit chilly! We also managed to take a minor detor, which added an extra 1km to our walk! We made it to the first peak, success! Our aim was to do the 3 peaks in 12 hours or under, the pace was set at a good walking pace, with no breaks or rests to our first peak. The walk down to the start of our second peak, Whernside, was a great walk with some beautiful views. Aches and pains started to kick in on the walk down to the second peak, with a good 4 hours of solid walking.
We took our first 10 minute break at the start of our second peak, even being able to grab a cup of tea! The walk up to Whernside was more intense than the first, but we kept going. 2 and a half hours and we made it up our second peak, with the rain coming down heavy and the fog really thick, we kept going. No breaks. Luckily the views were amazing on the route up before the clouds!
Another 2 hours and we made it down to the start of Ingleborough, where we took our second break, applying a lot of plasters and bandages to poorly feet! At this point we were tired, there is no doubt about that. But, we were determined to complete the challenge and in a good time so we started to make our way up our 3rd mountain, the last one, Ingleborough. This was a lot more technical than the other two peaks, with a steep climb up big rocks and the steepness seemed to never be ending. We were finally up our last peak, with a quick 2 minute break to catch a snap of us all at the top. Now all we had to do was climb down and walk back to where we started. This was hard as by this time it felt like our feet wanted to give up, but we did it! 11 hours of solid walking and we made it back to the bottom where we finished off the challenge with a well-deserved pint in the pub! Another challenge ticked off our list for The Shred Centre.
Another accomplishment and a great team bonding adventure. Well done everyone.
Now to prepare for our next adventure, coast to coast maybe? We welcome suggestions …..
Have a great week