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Can recycling put your business at risk?

Here’s what you need to know

Symbol for NO RECYCLING - red circle with diagonal slash sits in front of a green recycling symbol.One of the most important steps to protecting your business from data theft and ID theft is proper disposal of documents, files, hard drives, devices and other items that contain confidential information. And although recycling is considered an important way to help the environment, there are certain risks that companies face when recycling business documents. Take a look:

What are the dangers of recycling for businesses?

Most businesses have a security policy in place that outlines procedures when it comes to the management, storage and retention of documents and files. This kind of policy is not only important, but required by law in many cases, depending on the business you are in. However, a secure disposal policy is just as important, and without it, companies can be liable for the violations and fines associated with non-compliance as well as the losses that can occur as a result of data theft and stolen documents.

Recycling can be dangerous for businesses when paperwork and files containing confidential information accidentally end up in the recycling bin or in the regular trash. When it comes to protecting your business against corporate ID theft, and the loss of sensitive company information, it’s best to include rules and policies for recycling and disposal. Some recycling guidelines include:

  • Implement a recycling policy that outlines exactly what documents can and cannot be recycled.
  • Ensure all staff members are properly trained on the policy.
  • Ensure that only specific staff members have access to confidential company information.
  • Provide regular/consistent training.
  • Store confidential documents and files in a secure location.

Protect your business with On-Site Mobile Shredding

On-site mobile shredding is the best way to safeguard your business from the risks of data theft and ID theft. A regular shredding schedule ensures that documents with sensitive information such as client and vendor accounts, credit card and bank accounts, insurance information and other confidential company data are not accidentally recycled or thrown into the regular trash. Part of your document disposal policy must include shredding of those records that are no longer needed. If necessary, scanning and saving files digitally, before shredding, can offer an alternative method of retention.

All Points Mobile Shredding can assist you with shredding and destruction of your company documents. We perform all shredding on-site at your office or home while
you witness the entire process. We also provide a certificate of destruction with every shred, giving you added peace of mind that your documents have been permanently destroyed. Give us a call or fill out this form to learn more.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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