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New Year, New Shred

Written by on January 5, 2015

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To shred or not to shred

 

January can be one of the busiest times of the year for commercial shredding here at McCarthy’s Safe Shred, with many businesses classing it as the start of the new financial year. So a clear out is often in order!

 

Identity theft costs the UK over £3 billion a year, and it’s an ever growing problem. All businesses, no matter what their size, have to comply with the Data Protection Act – or you risk being fined up to £500,000. Confidential waste disposal is not an issue to be taken lightly.

 

Often there can be some confusion on what needs to be shredded. Some things are fairly obviously confidential, such as bank statements or patient records. But some things are less obvious. Client or customer records, job applications, emails, anything with any form of contact details on – they all need to be destroyed. We always say, if in doubt, shred. Bear in mind the same rules apply for information saved electronically, including hard drives, USBs and back-up tapes, and these must be safely disposed of as well.

 

But how long do you need to keep data for? It’s worth knowing that financial and tax records need to be kept for six years from the end of the last financial year they refer to. But personal data on customers should only be kept for as long as it is needed.

 

So, with the start of the New Year, now is the ideal time to create a confidential waste policy and ensure everyone in your organisation understands it – and complies. If you want any advice or help on what kind of shredding facilities are available, give us a call on 0113-2624000.

Testimonials

Jodie and Sarah were fantastic. They managed to sort out a storage unit for me straight away and even stayed after they should have shut to help me out. I would have been absolutely stuck if they hadn’t gone the extra mile.
It’s rare these days to get that level of service. MASSIVE thank you.

5 Stars

Really good service and would recommend them without hesitation

5 Stars

The staff are friendly and helpful (Huddersfield). My belonging are very safe and secure with loads of cameras and you can't enter without a person code. The storage rooms are nice and dry so all the stuff are safe from damp and mold ect.
I would definitely recommend and the price was great.

5 Stars
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Leeds

The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals:
0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000
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Storage: 0113 26 26 500
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00

Harrogate

The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Self Store
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00

Wakefield

The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Self Store
01924 566 939
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00




    Huddersfield

    McCarthy's Storage World
    Phoenix Retail Park
    Leeds Road
    Huddersfield
    West Yorkshire
    HD1 6NE

    Self Store
    01484 248 006
    Email

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 15.00

    York

    McCarthy's Storage World
    Water lane
    York
    YO30 6PQ

    Self Store:
    01904 221 600

    Van Hire: 01904 238 333
    Email

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Sunday: 09:00 to 14:00