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Confidential Waste Disposal

Disposing of confidential documents in a safe, legal, and environmentally friendly way is essential for many organisations. Failing to dispose of confidential waste can lead to legal prosecutions, identity theft, fraud, and unauthorised copying or sharing or your intellectual property. Arrange confidential waste disposal to safely and securely get rid of such documents with Business Waste.

Get free confidential waste bins delivered to your business anywhere in the UK – just pay for collection when you’ve filled them up. Speak to one of our team on 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for a fast quote and answers to any questions you might have about our confidential waste services.

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Confidential waste collection

Confidential waste management is essential for both individuals and businesses. As confidential waste covers a wide range of items, and it must be destroyed in a recorded and evidenced way, specialist support is vital.

Business Waste Ltd is accredited under the BS EN 15713:2009 standard, which provides a framework of conditions you must adhere to. This gives our customers the assurance that confidential information is destroyed with security as our highest priority.

Arrange confidential waste collection and we provide trained and accredited staff with the skills needed to collect and dispose of all your confidential waste reliably and securely. Anyone who comes into contact with your confidential materials will have been vetted under a specialist security screening known as BS7858. This is just one of the ways we can ensure no important information slips through the net.

Organise secure waste disposal that meets your needs – based on how much waste you have and how often you require collection. Get free confidential waste bins delivered and simply pay for collection.

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Confidential waste bins

There are various sizes and types of confidential waste bins available to suit your disposal needs. You can place basic, non-lockable paper bins in offices near employee desks. Shred carts are useful with lockable, tamper-proof, and secure lids. These are ideal to store large capacities of confidential waste, which you can wheel into any position to encourage employees’ positive confidential waste habits.

Shred containers are available in 95- or 65-gallon sizes. Employees can also use shred consoles – aesthetically pleasing bins that blend into any office environment, which are lockable with paper slots to increase accessibility.

Shredding blue bins are best for collecting and destroying large sums of confidential waste due to their large volumes. Wheels make them mobile, so you can place them anywhere around the office, while lockable lids provide additional security for documents awaiting shredding.

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  • 120 litre wheelie bins

    Small two-wheel bins best for start-ups and organisations with less confidential waste.

  • Confidential waste bags

    Explore waste bags designed to store confidential waste before and after shredding.

  • 240L confidential waste bins

    Move two-wheel bins around to fill with confidential waste.


Who needs 
confidential waste disposal?

All public and private industries generate materials classed as confidential waste due to holding information about your finances, employees, customers, and business as a whole. From a small start-up to an international firm, disposing of sensitive documents in a safe and secure way is vital.

Some of the main industries that regularly need to get rid of confidential waste include:

  • Social care – children’s care centres, elderly care homes, and youth clubs.
  • Legal sector – law firms and solicitors dealing with civil or criminal law.
  • Healthcare – hospitals, dental firms, and surgical institutions.
  • Offices – finance, marketing, creative, and many other business types.
  • Schools – pre-schools, nurseries, private and comprehensive schools.

How does confidential 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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What is 
confidential waste?

Confidential waste covers any documents a company possesses that contain personal information about suppliers, customers, or employees. This can include their name, address, contact information and financial details. Documents that detail your own business plans, strategies, financial data, and intellectual property are also examples of confidential waste.

If a third party accesses this type of information, they could carry out fraud, blackmail, identity theft, or put your business at risk. As a business you must adhere to the Data Protection Act 2018 (including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) in your use and disposal of confidential documents and papers.

When you need to get rid of any documents, papers or even devices containing sensitive information, it’s classed as confidential waste.

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Types of 
confidential waste

Businesses across all industries deal with confidential documents and waste of various types. This includes almost anything containing any personal information. Some examples of the main types of confidential waste are:

  • Personal files – CVs, application letters, business cards, and ID badges.
  • Financial data – invoices, order forms, bills, and financial statements.
  • Health records – official healthcare records and notes by medical professionals.
  • Social care records – letters, reports, and photographs.
  • Criminal records – obtained from legal authorities and law firms.

Confidential waste also includes information and documents about your business that contain sensitive content, such as:

  • New business proposals
  • Business plans
  • Contracts
  • Product samples or profiles
  • Research data
 Confidential waste includes almost anything containing personal information

How to dispose 
of confidential documents

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, all personal data an organisation stores must be kept secure and disposed of correctly to ensure any confidential or personal information is not accessible to others. Businesses face huge fines and even jail time if confidential waste disposal is not implemented correctly.

There’s strict regulation on how companies should handle and dispose of confidential paperwork. Engage the services of Business Waste and ensure you keep pace with the latest laws and guidelines. Our confidential waste services protect you against breaching the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) deals with infringements of the Act and can impose fines of up to £500,000.

Confidential waste 

Confidential waste shredding is a secure and effective way to destroy your sensitive papers. If you have a shredder on your premises, you can use it to easily destroy these documents and then arrange proper disposal. Or, you can arrange collection of complete documents for shredding.

After collecting or shredding your paper, it can then be destroyed either on or offsite:

  • On-site confidential waste destruction means you can watch the whole destruction process.
  • Off-site confidential waste destruction takes place at a legally designated point far from the document owner’s presence.

After the proper destruction of all your sensitive document waste, a Certificate of Destruction and Waste Transfer Note are both issued. With off-site destruction, a trained professional collects your sealed boxes and loads them in a container for transportation to the disposal site. Here, they are shredded and sent off for recycling.

Confidential shredding service

As a lot of confidential waste is made from paper, it generally follows a similar process to paper recycling. This provides a green way to destroy confidential documents as recycling companies initiate a process of deducing the pulp from the shredded papers’ fibres. After this it’s mixed with fresh pulp to produce new paper products.

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Confidential waste 

Data breaches affect around 90% of large and 75% of small UK businesses every year. While lots of these will be online breaches and hacks, about one in five data breaches involve paper records. And despite the move online, the paper equivalent of around 700,000 trees are recycled every year in the UK via documents sent to confidential waste shredding.

The cost of identity fraud is nearly £2 billion each year – and it happens around 500 times a day in the UK. This covers both commercial and domestic confidential waste. Therefore, it’s crucial all organisations dispose of their confidential waste securely.

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Confidential waste

  • CONFIDENTIAL What is the best way of disposing of confidential paper waste?

    The best way to ensure your confidential paper waste disposal is safe and successful is by using professional confidential paper disposal services. Business Waste can arrange collection and disposal of confidential waste paper to ensure your sensitive documents are destroyed safely and legally. Follow these steps for the best way to dispose of confidential paper waste:

    • Check every piece of waste paper you throw away for sensitive or personal information.
    • Place any confidential documents in a confidential waste bin to separate them from regular paper recycling.
    • Keep your confidential waste paper bin in a secure location, away from public areas.
    • Arrange confidential waste collection by a professional and licensed company to remove and destroy your waste.
    • Ensure you receive a waste transfer note and certificate of destruction that confirm your documents have been properly disposed of.
  • CONFIDENTIAL What laws regulate confidential waste disposal?

    UK government legislation regulates the disposal of confidential waste. The Data Protection Act 2018 regulates the process of collecting, processing, storing, and destroying all the confidential data organisations have. Failing to adhere to its practices may lead to serious consequences, such as heavy fines.

    The UK’s data watchdog is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which enforces its rules and regulations. The Data Protection Act stipulates that companies should employ specialised confidential waste disposal services to prevent mismanagement of sensitive data. There’s also the possibility of fines, loss of reputation and customers, if confidential information is leaked via paperwork that was not destroyed properly.

  • CONFIDENTIAL What is a confidential waste bin?

    A confidential waste bin is like other paper bin types. However, it needs to be lockable to keep its contents safe and secure. This avoids the potential for sensitive documents being accessed either before or after they’ve been shredded. Confidential waste bins are available in a range of sizes, with or without wheels, to suit different business needs.

  • CONFIDENTIAL Where can I find confidential document disposal near me?

    On-site shredding services provide a convenient way to dispose of confidential documents. Any confidential waste will be processed and shredded on your business premises before removal for recycling and disposal. Commercial waste collections for off-site shredding are the other option. Licensed waste carriers remove confidential waste and take it to a nearby waste management facility for disposal.

    Many shops sell shredders you can use at home to dispose of confidential personal documents. However, you can’t normally put shredded paper in your domestic recycling bin. Instead, add it to a compost pile for a green disposal method or place any shredded documents in your household general waste bin.

  • CONFIDENTIAL Is confidential waste recycled?

    Most confidential paper disposal involves recycling the waste after it has been shredded. As confidential documents are often made from paper or card, it’s normally easily recyclable. Some types of confidential waste may be harder to recycle. Unfortunately, sometimes confidential waste ends up in landfill though – which means it not only may remain intact but also has a negative effect on the environment.

  • CONFIDENTIAL How is shredded confidential waste recycled?

    Shredded paper is sometimes ground into bales and then goes to a paper mill to be recycled. It can be ground and turned into a variety of products, such as recyclable paper cups and straws.

  • CONFIDENTIAL Can I incinerate confidential documents?

    While burning or incinerating will destroy confidential papers, it’s impact on the environment is worse than shredding and recycling. Burning paper releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which has a negative environmental effect. The leftover ash may also contain toxic residue, further damaging our planet. Recycling confidential documents so the paper can be reused is a better choice for your business and our world.

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