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Your Simplified Guide to Confidential Waste Destruction and Its Importance

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The chances are your organisation holds confidential data, whether it’s about customers, employees, suppliers, or your business.

What actually is confidential waste?

Some examples of confidential waste are:

  • Business documents – employee information, CVs, client details, contracts, invoices, reports, business cards, product samples, business processes, branding and marketing strategies, etc.
  • Medical records
  • Criminal records 
  • Financial documents – bank statements, payroll information, sales receipts, tax documents, cheques, etc.

But it’s not only paper documents that need shredding. Electronic items containing confidential information may also need destroying, including hard drives, memory sticks and laptops.

But how important is it really that we dispose of confidential waste properly?

Put it this way, it should be a priority for your business. Data breaches affect around 75% of small businesses and 90% of large businesses each year in the UK. Although we mostly store data online these days, still around 1 in 5 data breaches involve paper records. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organisations to be transparent about how they store, use, and handle people’s data and information. If you fail to dispose of data securely, it could cause irreparable damage. Once customer, employee or supplier trust has been broken, it may be impossible to recover from. Not only this, but you could face negative publicity and hefty fines which could really put a dent in your company. Sound good? We don’t think so either.

All this aside, documents can take up a huge amount of space internally, and we could all do with a bit of extra space! 

So, what can I do with my confidential waste?

Choosing a professional waste management company to dispose of your confidential waste securely is the best thing you can do. That’s where we come in! As trusted experts in secure waste destruction, we ensure that your waste does not re-enter the supply chain. Using our own GEMshred technology, we ensure your documents are completely unrecognisable to guarantee product protection and maintain your brand integrity.

Gegan offer a flexible service where you can choose to bring your sensitive waste to our site in-person, or we can collect and transport it securely on your behalf. We also provide full technical support and a comprehensive documentation trail to ensure complete data and environmental compliance. All documentation is stored within our online customer portal, giving you quick and easy access when required. And with us, you’ll have the extra peace of mind that your sensitive waste is being dealt with in a sustainable way, with nothing going to landfill! 

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