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Take the professional approach to shredding

Written by on July 27, 2017

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Something we hear all too often from businesses is “Oh we do shred confidential documents, we have a shredder in the office that people should use when they have something which needs destroying.”

Having your own in-house shredder might seem like a cheaper solution – but is it? Certainly not if it puts you at risk of a whopping £500K fine for a breach of the Data Protection Act.

Even before that stage is reached, is standing over a small, slow shredder really a productive use of your employees’ working day? A manual shredder will only be able to handle a small amount of paper at a time, and someone has to sort out what needs shredding and what doesn’t, whilst removing any staples or paperclips that would cause the shredder to break. Time is money, as they say…

When using a manual shredder, it’s likely that you won’t shred everything as it would be too much in terms of volume. So not only is there time spent sorting through old paperwork, but you also have to trust the judgement of everyone involved – and it’s much more likely that innocent human error will play a part. Can you be sure that all employees properly understand what constitutes a data protection risk? Have you provided adequate training to every single member of the team?

Small shredders also tend to shred the paper vertically, in such a way that it could be pieced back together in the right hands. Professional shredders actually cross-cut paper to avoid this problem.

All businesses need to take their data protection obligations seriously – from big multinationals (many of whom have had some embarrassing and very public issues) to the one-man-band working from his garage. You may think you’re too small to be on anyone’s radar, but reports have shown that one in two SMEs has been targeted by fraudsters online in the last year. They don’t mind who they get the data from, as long as they get it.

With a professional shredding service, such as McCarthy’s, we can take all the hassle out of confidential waste disposal. We tailor our provision to be exactly what you need. We can provide special, locked bins for you to have in your office, so members of staff can automatically put anything containing confidential information straight in once they’re done with it. These bins can then be taken away to our off-site shredding facility, or even shredded on site in our mobile shredding vans. Either way, you receive a certificate of destruction which is your proof that you had appropriate measures in place for data protection compliance. We even provide a certificate of recycling – which can help towards any environmental audits or standards you’re trying to achieve (all our shredded waste is sent off to start a new life…)

We can also do one-off or regular shredding services – so you can either set up a service once a week or once a month, so you can forget all about it, or you can just call us as you need us. Whatever suits you best.

And it doesn’t have to cost very much – shredding services can start from as little as £10 plus VAT.

Don’t forget you also need to shred electronic data. Thieves can even swipe data from wiped hard drives, so any electronic gadgets you’re disposing of – including PCs, laptops, phones, tablets and printers – all need to be appropriately shredded. Get in touch to find out more about our hard drive and media shredding.


Extremely great service

5 Stars

Overall safe and effective storage although my unit occasionally leaked when it rained.The continual fee increases during Covid were unacceptable and my complaints received no reply. Compulsory insurance issued by McCarthys is another rip off factor.

2 Stars

Brilliant overall experience will definitely recommend and use again

5 Stars
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