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December 28, 2012

Don’t Get Burned In 2013

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Don’t get burned in 2013!


Start your company’s New Year’s resolution off right; Reduce your company’s carbon footprint, become FACTA, GLBA and HIPAA compliant by adopting a shred all policy

By: JoEllen Barton, Customer Service, Marketing Associate and Chief Security Information Officer. December 2012

About 71 million tons of paper and paperboard are used in the United States each year (1). Chances are your office produces a great deal of paper waste. Majority of businesses do. Among the thousands of pounds of paper waste produced are documents containing sensitive information that must inevitably be destroyed.

Thinking about taking the easy way out and having a company bonfire? It could cost you more in the end. Burning paper and cardboard is illegal in majority of the United States including Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Average fines of illegal burning could cost your company up to $500. For a fraction of that, you can hire a company to securely collect, destroy and recycle all that paper waste.

Did you know that for every ton of paper recycled, you save: 17 small trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 7,000 gallons of water??

Still think there is a cheaper way? Well, you could hire or have an existing employee sit around and shred document after document; however is that really the best use of your time and money? An average priced shredding machine can cost your company anywhere from $199 to $2,000. These models all have limited paper size/sheet amount, continuous run time limitations and a very small wastebasket capacity, plus they tend to overheat, jam and break. After you are all done shredding, the pieces will most likely end up all over the floor like confetti and/or spaghetti, not a very secure place for your information to live. Then there is still the question of what to do with the bagged up paper mess. Tossing it in the trash is not the most environmentally sound or secure method of disposal. Once paper is in the trash it becomes fair game for any dumpster divers.

Don’t despair there is a better way for your company to destroy, dispose and recycle all that paper. SecurShred can take care of all of this for you by offering daily, weekly or monthly pick-up and on-site destruction service. Just need a one-time office purge? We can handle from just a few boxes to thousands of pounds of paper! We’ll even place secure containers or executive consoles in your office so you can store up for our next visit. Some months you do not shred as much as others? We can adjust your service schedule to accommodate your needs. SecurShred will do whatever works best for your company.

The best part is there’s never any need to worry about what happens to your paper once it leaves your offices. All that sensitive information is destroyed at your location, on-site. We bring our state-of-the art mobile shredding trucks to you and shred your materials right there on the spot. You can even watch the materials be destroyed for yourself! Plus, we’re compliant with HIPPA, FACTA, and GLB. Your shredded material mixes with material from other businesses in the back of our locked mobile shredding truck making it next to impossible to reconstruct. Once back at our plant the material is baled into 1,200 +/- pound paper bales and securely shipped to a secure recycling facility located in New England. There it is kept under security watch until it is processed back into paper products. Beware who you hire to shred your documents, other companies bring their shredded material to local waste processing plants to be thrown away with the trash.  Not SecurShred, we track all material that enters and exits our facility.

Let SecurShred bring you out from under the cloud of paper and simultaneously help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint. To learn more about our services, visit our website or give us a call at 877-863-3003 to get started on your resolution to Go Green in 2013!

1. Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2010 Facts and Figures.

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/paper/faqs.htm

Burning Laws by State:

NY - http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html

VT – http://www.anr.state.vt.us/air/compliance/htm/Openburn.htm

NH – http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/ard/documents/ard-33.pdf

MA - http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/compliance/burning.htm

 

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