Why shredding is good for the environment
Shredding is great for data integrity, but it’s also eco-friendly.
In this blog we look at why shredding is good for the environment. And not just in relation to paper products.
One of the first advantages that springs to mind when you say paper shredding is the fact that all paper is fully recycled in the shredding process. Once shredded, the tiny particles are sent directly to the paper mill for production to produce alternative paper products. By employing a shredding company to handle your confidential waste, you’re not only staying compliant but closing the loop on this easy to recycle resource.
Why not switch to recycled paper for your every day needs? Developments in the production of recycled paper means that it is no longer rough or dull, but comparable with virgin paper in terms of quality.
Environmental impacts of paper production
By switching to recycled paper, you’re really increasing your Corporate Social Responsibility. The felling of trees to make paper prevents the natural trapping of precious carbon dioxide. Paper production involves using gallons of water too, so every effort to reduce your paper consumption or use recycled alternatives has a big impact on the environment.
Recycling Metals in Hard Drives
It’s not only paper that can be shredded. All your electronic products can go through the shredding process to protect your confidential data and recycle precious metal components in the process. Even your mobile phone can be shredded. We just need to make sure that the battery is removed prior to going through the machine.
By choosing to shred, you can be confident that none of your waste is being sent to landfill to pollute the earth. Plastics take centuries to degrade, and most can be repurposed. Metals are also precious materials that can be melted down and used again for alternative products. Certainly worth removing and reusing.
If you have old, worn uniforms that have old logos sewn in, then they don’t need to end up with your general rubbish destined for the rubbish dump. Uniforms can be shredded and repurposed to create fillings for soft furnishings and car parts. Many uniforms contain polyester which is a plastic and does not degrade, so every effort to recycle this material helps to save the planet.
Carbon Footprint Consideration
You can also cut down your business carbon footprint by using an efficient mobile shredding service. Shredding truck routes are carefully considered to make the most of their journeys. As all material is shredded on site, it reduces the capacity inside the vehicle, meaning it can make more stops in a day. If you work in an area with many other similar businesses in the vicinity, talk to us about how we can schedule a regular collection to cut down on costs.