From cardboard boxes that can become free packing to tiny pieces of paper that can save you from becoming the victim of crime, shredding is big business in the world these days — and for a reason. In short, your company cannot afford to be without at least a few shredding options if you want to protect both your business and your budget.
Whether you choose to use a specialist shredder to create free packaging materials, such as the Intimus PacMate, or simply shred to make storage easier, these techniques can also be great for the environment as well as your company accounts. Even if it’s not reused immediately, shredded cardboard and paper will take up less space in landfill, reducing an ever-increasing landfill levy and minimising the cost of transporting waste and, in turn, your company’s carbon footprint. This is important whether you dispose of your waste materials yourself or pay another company to do the job for you. Your business can benefit from reduced costs, whilst the environment benefits involve easing the load on landfill sites and reducing carbon emissions caused by transportation.
Of course, the option that is best for the environment is the recycling of all unwanted but reusable materials. Many of these can be shredded and used to create a homogenous waste material, particularly by larger operations. This can then either be sold on via waste brokers or used for other processes, including biomass fuel production. There is also the added benefit that including shredded materials in your waste stream can help balers or compaction containers operate more efficiently.
Smaller businesses that regularly pack products can also boost their green credentials whilst lowering financial commitments by using machines such as the Intimus PacMate to remove the need to buy in packaging materials and to reduce the use of virgin materials.
Shredding paper is vital in order to protect your business records and maintain your customers’ confidentiality and security. This can include shredding anything from bank statements and other financial documents to customer data, confidential files and prototype details, and it is essential in order to ensure Data Protection Act compliance. The act demands that information, including data about suppliers, customers and employees, is disposed of securely, and failure to do this is actually a criminal offence. Once shredded, paper can be recycled either by yourself or through a recycling facility.