Recycling & Sustainability: Key Ways to Keep Information Secure While Remaining Eco-friendly

Posted  April 20, 2021  by  Shred-it

Climate change and corporate social responsibility initiatives are constantly making news headlines around the world. But did you know that you can prioritize information security while remaining committed to the environment? With winter behind us, there are ways to support sustainability, while not compromising your information security protocols this year. 

1. Make Recycling and Sustainability Part of Your Corporate Culture

Today, every organization and individual must do their part to protect the environment. Depending on where your business is located, it’s important to do your due diligence and learn what recycling services are provided in your municipality. An important component of making recycling and sustainability a part of your corporate culture is choosing to work with partners that are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable initiatives, like Shred-it. In 2020 Shred-it recycled 1.1 billion pounds of paper alone. 

Part of this selection process involves partnering with a reliable document destruction company that not only has a secure chain of custody for emptying and transporting paper documents, but also sends securely destroyed documents for recycling.

2. Don’t Neglect Digital Documents 

It’s important to encourage all employees, regardless of their position, to safely destroy electronic devices as well. Rather than having old computers, USB sticks, and hard drives lying around the office, employees should be instructed to safely destroy these devices with a professional document destruction company that is committed to sustainable best practices. 

An easy way to make sure that information security is not neglected is to implement a Shred-it All policy that requires all information no longer needed to be securely destroyed. Our 2020 Data Protection Report confirmed that human error is still one of the leading causes of data breaches. Removing human error from the equation will reduce the risk of a data breach from occurring with both physical and digital documents. 

Visit our Resource Center for more tips on how to improve secure data recycling and sustainability, or learn how Shred-it’s services can assist your organization with becoming more secure and eco-conscious.

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