Recycling without destroying = Liability

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Everyone has turned on the local news to see some local company that improperly discarded client’s files in the dumpster.  Most of the time it is an employee who did not receive the proper training.  It comes down to poor business practices.  Another poor business practice is recycling without destroying.  We see it on a daily basis.  Loading docks all over the city with unlocked recycling bins waiting for pick-up.  These recycling bins are filled with company proprietary information along with their client’s personal and confidential information.  Any individual walking the street has complete and legal permission to rifle through these containers and take whatever they find.  Pretty scary right?  Not as scary as what the recyclers do with the contents of those bins.

Recyclers tell their clients that when paper is recycled it is destroyed during the process.  This is true.  What recyclers do not tell their clients is the route the paper takes to be recycled.  Recyclers will send their transfer trucks around the city to collect paper deposited in their containers.  The transfer trucks return to their facilty where they unload the paper into the balers.  Information is baled fully intact and staged for shipment.

China and Mexico are the largest purchasers of raw material to be recycled.  That is correct, those bales with company and personal information land on the docks of foreign countries perfectly intact.  You are probably saying “there has to be laws against such things!”  We have many laws on how sensative information is to be maintainted and destroyed.  From HIPAA, Gramm-Leech-Bliley, FACTA, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Texas Business Commerce Code, regulators have worked hard to protect the consumer.  The fact is that many companies believe they are destroying because they have not been given the correct information in regards to recycling.  There are plenty of good companies for Houston shredding services.  Please visit http://www.naidonline.org/ to find a directory of companies.  Shredding is very cost effective and not only protects your company, but it protects your clients who have put their trust in you.

On-Site Shred is a local Veteran owned mobile document destruction firm.  Serving Greater Houston and the surrounding areas;  On-Site Shred performs pulverized shredding and issues a certificate of destruction with every job.

Paper Shredding and its History

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The paper shredders that are available today, are used widely in homes and offices for destroying various kinds of documents. These paper shredders are useful in cutting paper into very fine strips or chips so that there are no visible traces of the content on these documents. The shredding benefits of paper are used widely by different government organizations, business and private enterprises and even individuals. Shredding has become one of the best ways to destroy the private papers like credit card bills, bank statements and other private or sensitive documents that are confidential. Shredding of these documents also helps in reducing the risks of identity thefts.

 

The history of the paper shredder goes back to almost a century ago. The first paper shredder had been invented by the prolific Abbot Augustus Low from Horseshoe New York. At that time the device to destroy these paper documents was known as the ‘waste paper receptacle’ and it had also been patented. This device provided a better way of improving the methods of paper disposable and waste paper. The patent had been filed on the 2nd of February, 1909 and the patent for the same was received on the 31st of August with the patent number 929,960. But the invention of Augustus was never manufactured.

 

Then the paper shredder by Adolf Ehinger was made. This shredder had been based on the popular pasta maker and it had been manufactured in Germany in 1935. It is said that Aodlf had to shred some of his anti Nazi propaganda so that inquiries from the authorities could be avoided. The shredder had been marketed to various government and financial agencies. This device was then converted from hand crank to electric motor. The first cross-cut paper shredders had been made in the year 1959 by EBA Maschinenfabrik, which was owned by Adolf. The company continues to make paper shredders till date in the name of EBA Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. in Balingen.

 

The U.S embassy in Iran would use strip cut paper shredders for shredding paper. Till the 1980’s the use of paper shredders had been used mainly by non government institutions. After the 1984 judgment of the Supreme Court, where the court stated that the fourth amendment does not prohibit the warrant-less seizure of garbage from homes, the use of these paper shredders became more popular and are used widely now.