It feels good to do your part for the environment – and recycling paper is one of the gold standards.
Business plays a big role considering that the average office worker in the U.S. uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And, we’re doing a good job. In 2010, 63.5 percent of the paper used in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. The Paper Industry Association Council says that number represents an 89 percent increase in the recovery rate since 1990.
So here’s the thing. Most of the paper sent for recycling by business should be shredded paper. Keeping customer and employee information private is the law, and that means securely disposing of sensitive documents when they’re no longer needed. Shredding paper is the most secure method.
While some document destruction companies provide recycling services too, it’s important that your documents are completely destroyed before they’re sent to a recycling facility. The worst case scenario is that they’re being sold to another company for paper revenue before they have been shredded.
To be sure, partner with a shredding company that has a first-class reputation and a comprehensive document destruction program. All documents should be shredded into confetti-like pieces on site at your office location in a locked area on a mobile shredding truck before they are sent for recycling. You should also receive a Document of Destruction immediately after each shred.