April 19, 2018
Paper recycling is one of the easiest ways a workplace can support Earth Day and help protect the environment.
Started in 1970, Earth Day is always on April 22, and today over 1 billion people in more than 192 countries participate in all of the different green initiatives. The event has grown to be a year-round movement too.
What’s also changed since those early days is the way in which confidential information is being handled. The risk of a security breach is a constant threat now, and recycling paper is no longer as simple as just tossing paper documents into a blue (recycle) bin.
Researchers in one recent study said employees and cleaners do not always know that information is ‘confidential’, and documents may end up in open garbage and recycling bins by accident. Thousands of files containing sensitive patient information were found in open recycling bins outside at five Toronto hospitals in the study.
Data security must be part of the recycling process. There are different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle paper in the workplace – and protect it from information thieves too.
Reduce paper use by becoming more conscious of printing decisions (do you really need a printed version?) Widen margin settings so the printer uses less paper, and conserve ink by printing in a lighter draft mode.
Reuse paper in different ways. When making copies, set the machine to use both sides of paper – and cut consumption in half. Buy recycled paper as well as recycled toner and ink.
Provide recycling bins for different products that can be recycled – but do not use blue bins for paper documents. There is no guarantee the data won’t be exposed or stolen.
To learn more about how Shred-it can protect your documents and hard drives, please contact us to get a free quote and security risk assessment.