While there are several things you can do to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your organization, one of the easiest ways is through your shredding services. Sustainable shredding securely destroys and recycles confidential information, rather than filling a landfill. Here we take a look at how sustainable shredding can support your company’s green efforts while providing top-notch security:
Going Green with Sustainable Shredding
Reduces Carbon Footprint
The typical US employee uses around 10,000 sheets of paper per year. Imagine if all that paper was thrown away and ended up in a landfill. Mobile paper shredding services destroy unwanted files onsite and then transport them to an off-site recycling facility rather than a dumpster. For every ton of paper that gets recycled, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved. Sustainable shredding safely turns your sensitive documents into reusable paper products, reducing your carbon footprint on the environment.
Saves Natural Resources
Recycling paper in your office will have a significant impact on the environment by conserving natural resources. For each ton of recycled paper, 17 trees, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, 380 gallons of oil and 7,000 gallons of water are conserved. Most professional shredding companies try to incorporate environmentally-friendly business processes into their day-to-day operations. At Vital Records Control, we’re proud to maintain a Green Certified Business rating and have committed to preserving natural resources by adopting sustainable practices company-wide.
If you’re shredding papers onsite at your office and then placing them in a recycling bin, you may feel you’re contributing towards a greener environment and that your information is secure. But how do you know your confidential information is securely recycled? To ensure both sustainability and safety, you should use professional destruction services that provide locked containers on your premises. These shred bins should be routinely transported in a GPS-tracked vehicle by licensed technicians to a highly-secure facility where they are safely destroyed and recycled.
What’s the Recycling Process of Shredded Paper?
After documents are shredded, they are transported to a paper mill for recycling. At the mill, destroyed information is placed in large vats filled with water and chemicals to dissolve them into tiny fibers. Ink and adhesive are removed, and paper fibers start to bond together. Broken-down fibers are then pressed and dried. Finally, the fibers are used to manufacture lower-quality paper products such as paper plates, napkins, and coffee filters.
Which Type of Shredding Program is Right for You?
At Vital Records Control, we want you to focus on your business, not worried about securely shredding paper sustainably. Our team works with you to learn more about your specific needs and customizes the right destruction solution for your company. We can help you if you’re a big or small company, paper dependent or moving to paperless. Contact us to learn more about our onsite or offsite mobile shredding services.