Environmentally friendly values and corporate social responsibility have been big themes in 2017. Next year, as we head towards an even greater focus on ethical business and giving something back, the importance of being able to show customers that you take this seriously is likely to increase. Paper shredding is one way that any business can instantly upgrade green credentials in time for the new year.
Recycle and reuse
Of the average 10,000 sheets of paper used by office workers in a year, roughly 6,800 of these could be considered “waste” e.g. mistakenly printed etc. That’s a huge volume of paper that will end up in landfill. Introducing recycling to your business is becoming the norm but this can be a difficult process to set up and the logistics of disposal can be time consuming. On-site shredding enables you to simplify recycling processes, as everything is done on-premises. Lockable bins transport your waste paper to the on-site shredding team who shred the paper, which can then be recycled and reused.
Safe for sensitive material
One of the reasons that many businesses hesitate with recycling is the fear of a leak of sensitive data or confidential material. This is a very valid fear, as it’s not difficult for documents to go astray if they are being transported off site to an unknown recycling plant. On-site shredding enables your business to increase the amount of waste paper it recycles by including even sensitive and confidential documents. The process of on-site shredding is secure because nothing ever leaves your premises in tact. The documents are only taken off-site after they have been shredded and are no longer a risk. This not only provides the peace of mind of knowing that you are protecting company information but helps with data protection compliance too.
Demonstrating your brand values to customers
Today, consumers are becoming increasingly choosy about the brands that they buy from and environmental credentials are starting to be a more important factor in whether a brand appeals. If you are looking for a way to demonstrate the efforts that your business is making to be a greener company then on-site shredding offers a simple way to do this. It not only shows a commitment to corporate social responsibility but a willingness to actively take steps to help minimise the waste that you generate. This can be an incredibly valuable asset in the eyes of consumers who prefer to partner with businesses who take their impact on the environment seriously and want to make a difference.
Implementing on-site shredding in-house for a greener 2018
It’s very simple to introduce on-site shredding to your business next year. You might opt for a regular shredding service, or a one off service as and when you need it. The only internal change is ensuring that the documents for shredding are in the right bins and the rest is handled by us – to find out more, get in touch with a member of the Shred-on-Site team today on 0800 181 4106.
Author: Mark Coombes, Follow me on Google+