Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Your Shredding.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When shredded paper ends up in the trash, it’s like you are telling thieves what to take. Identity theft and data breaches still top the charts when it comes to leading crimes. So while you are taking steps towards protecting yourself and your company from such theft, make sure you are doing all you can to avoid a possible disasters.

Most office shredders simply shred paper into strips making it easy to reconstruct the original document and since most office shredders only have a small holding capacity you will be disposing the shredded paper in small batches, also facilitating the reconstruction of private documents.

When shredding companies shred paper, the documents are destroyed in large industrial shredders that cross cut or pulverize the paper making it near impossible to reconstruct. The paper is then comingled meaning it is mixed with thousands of other pounds of paper making it even more impossible to reconstruct documents. Since Highland Shredding bales and recycles all shredded paper it then goes directly to recycling plants and never to trash or landfills yet another step in the protection of your documents.

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What Happens to Paper Once It Get Recycled?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Although Earth Day was last week that doesn’t mean we need to stop thinking about our planet and how we can take steps to better protect it. Recycling paper is the most commonly thought of product that we recycle. Ever wonder what happened to the paper that you recycle? Here is a list of some of the products that can be made from recycled paper.

Masking tape
Paper money
Globes
Bandages
Dust masks
Hospital gowns
Coffee filters
Lamp shades
Car insulation
Animal bedding
Planting pots for seedlings
Egg cartons
According to the EPA, in 2012, about 70% of newspaper and mechanical papers were recovered. In the US alone, we use about 65 billion tons of paper each year. Check out this site for tips and facts about recycling.

Recycling Electronics vs. Shredding: What’s the Risk?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

These days, reuse, reduce, recycle is no longer a motto but a way of life. You could search online for ways to upcycle just about anything from grocery store bags to mismatched socks to your outdated electronics. Finding a place to recycle your items is as easy as ever; drop your old cell phone off in the receptacle at Target, bring old computers to your community recycling day. Convenience is a way of life and everything is disposable. But, with this new, more convenient way of living comes more inconveniences. No more pressing a delete button and erasing a file. Emails, texts, and electronic information seem to live on forever, impossible to destroy. So, what exactly happens when you recycle your electronics? Does your stored personal information get erased from the device? We would like to trust that it does. But, this new study out of NAID Australia sheds new light on the idea.

NAID, The National Association for Information Destruction performed an audit of 52 independently purchased hard drives from online sites such as Ebay. What they found might shock you and make you reconsider how your dispose of your own electronics data.

The 52 hard drives were examined by forensic investigators and about 30 percent still contained personal and/or confidential information. Some of the information found was highly confidential. It appeared that the information had been attempted to be deleted but was done so unsuccessfully.

It is a wonderful idea to recycle your electronics; however, there is a very real risk that your personal information may live on if the device is not properly wiped.

Check out the whole study here