Confidential Waste Equipment
Most of the confidential waste equipment available today is designed to degrade paper and digital waste to the extent that the data contained in it can no longer be accessed. Businesses and organisations that have produce any confidential data have a duty of care under the Data Protection Act 1998 to dispose of it appropriately. In truth, most businesses nowadays have some form of confidential waste that they need to manage securely.
Shredders for Business
Most offices have a shredder in the corner that is used for disposing of sensitive material. The trouble is that these are often old or outdated machines which are not necessarily up to the job. There are EU standards that relate to paper shredder security. These are measured under the standards DIN 32757 and values range from 1 to 6 with the higher levels being the most secure.
Most of the measurements relate to the width of the cut for a shredding machine. Those with a lower rating could still produce strips of paper that could be pieced together by a thief who really wanted to get at your data. If you have a lot of sensitive data, then choosing a machine with a higher security level makes sense.
Major shredder manufacturers include:
- Q Connect
Shredders also have two cut types, namely strip and cross cut. Cross cut produces something more akin to confetti while strip generally just cuts down the full length of a document. As an example, DIN 6 shredders are used by government and financial institutions and cut waste down to 0.8 x 4 mm size which is virtually impossible to put back together.
These types of shredder are obviously more expensive which is why commercial enterprises are more often nowadays opting to let a disposal company deal with this side of the disposal process for them. Not only does it ensure that data is treated securely but also saves the business from having to do it on site. It also provides a clear audit route that shows the information has been disposed of in the appropriate manner.
The shredders used on site by these companies are heavy duty industrial size machines that can handle several loads at once. Shredded material is then normally sent to recycling where it is pulped and made into new paper. Find a confidential waste disposal service in your area.
Confidential Waste Bins
These are different from other waste collection bins in that they have a secure lock to prevent access. Many confidential waste companies provide these as part of their service. Security bins vary in size and can be used for a particular storage area or for individual offices. They are normally made of a material such as medium density polyethylene which is tough and durable.
Find out more about types of confidential waste.