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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.

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Brilliant overall experience will definitely recommend and use again

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Extremely efficient and prompt service. Lee and Conner were very helpful and the job was completed without a hitch. I would recommend them and definitely use the service again. Thanks.

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This is an impressive facility which is extremely well-managed. Colette and Tina are marvellous with the customers explaining procedures clearly and with patience. We would recommend this company without hesitation.

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Leeds

The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals:
0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000
Email Leeds removals

Storage: 0113 26 26 500
Email Leeds storage

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

Removals & Storage:
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

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555
Email Wakefield

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

    Removals & Storage
    01484 799 599
    Email Huddersfield

    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

    Removals & Storage:
    01904 238 333

    Van Hire: 01904 238 333
    Email York

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