What is shredding waste?
Shredding waste can be defined simply as any waste product that has been shredded in order to be disposed of in a safe, confidential and space-efficient manner.
If the shredded waste contains sensitive and confidential information, then there are laws that the businesses involved must conform to. One such law is the Duty of Care legislation, which is governed by the 2011 Waste Regulations. This includes:
– Shredded waste must be correctly and safely stored
– Shredded waste must only be collected by those registered
– Collections must be covered by a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) that is valid and includes key details
– Copies of transfer notes for sensitive waste must be retained for two years
– Confidential waste must only be taken to a facility that is authorised with the proper waste licensing required
What are the different types of shredding waste?
The most common type of shredding waste is paper and cardboard, although this is by no means an exhaustive definition. For example, plastics and woods are also commonly shredded before disposal, as are old tyres from cars that are due to be scrapped. For the latter three types of shredding waste, a specialist shredder is required. The most used types of such equipment include grinders, shear shredders, or speciality shredders.
When it comes to confidential shredding waste, there are various different types. These include:
– CVs, interview files, application letters and other private personnel information
– Health, social care, criminal and financial records
– ID badges and security passes
– Business plans, contracts, letters, and research data
You may need a lockable bin to store your shredded waste if it consists of any of the above.
Shredding Waste Disposal
Shredding waste can be collected in a variety of methods, dependant on the size of the waste and whether it is a personal or commercial waste collection required. The regularity of the collection of shredded waste also depends on the material and size.
Business Waste can supply cardboard bins, skips or compactors in varying sizes for your business to store shredded waste. From there, collections can be arranged on a weekly, bi-weekly or daily basis.
What happens to shredded waste once it’s collected?
When scrap shredded metal waste is collected, it is then sorted into different base metals. These metals then pass through a furnace to ensure any impurities are removed. Following this process, the base metals are melted down into ingots, which can then be used to create new products.
Shredded waste filters and paper are usually separated into their natural components, where the recyclable material will be taken away to be reused.
Confidential waste has the option to be destroyed either on-site or off-site. Both options have perks so it’s worth doing research before you decide. Following the destruction of your shredded confidential waste, you will be given a Certificate of Destruction and Waste Transfer Note to acknowledge the process has been done legally and safely.
Shredded Paper Recycling
Can shredding waste be recycled?
A lot of the time, yes. As the majority of shredded waste is in the form of materials such as paper, wood, or plastic, this can usually be melted or ground down to make new products for various industries. For example, shredded wood can be recycled into MDF that can be used again in the construction business. Paper can be ground to become a multitude of things, including recyclable paper cups and straws.
What type of industry produces shredding waste?
Many industries produce shredding waste. The material used and shredded is dependant on the industry, however. For instance, business and administration work will predominantly produce shredded paper waste; this should be disposed of sensitively, in the instance that the paper shredded is actually documents containing highly sensitive information.
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