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.

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

Sunderland shredding

Sun FM and The Shred Centre are delighted to document destruction announce partnership.

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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:sunderland document destruction

“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”

sunderland document destruction companyLouise 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.”


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Data Protection Legislation – Does the Law say I have to shred confidential waste?

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.

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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)
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In Summary:

  • 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.

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The Real Reason companies choose to adopt a shredding service.

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.

Shredding in Harrogate

What we have been up to today – Shredding in Harrogate

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 leigh@theshredcentre.com

Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone!

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Shredding in Sunderland – For Home and Business

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!

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