It makes sense for your business to shred everything – and here’s why…

Want to save your business time and money? It’s time to shred everything…

The days of separating your confidential waste should now be over.

The benefits of taking the decision to shred everything are obvious and here are the three main reasons you should do it… 

 

1. Your staff won’t have to spend hours separating out confidential documents

Forget sorting through bags of documents. Your staff have better things to do! 

Their time is your money.

They could be chasing new business, dealing with your clients, or getting your vital administrative work done such as preparing your books.

It also means they won’t have the burden of deciding what is and isn’t confidential information. 

The risk of human error is reduced.

If all your documents are going for shredding, you can rest easy knowing that all your data is protected.

While you are waiting for them to be shredded, you can store them in lockable cabinets for extra security.

 

2. You’ll keep your business reputation safe and comply with GDPR

Many data breaches begin with information on a discarded document. 

There is also the threat of someone retrieving deleted information from old hard drives or removable media such as USBs or SIM cards.

When businesses suffer a data breach, there is an inevitable loss of trust which goes alongside that.

Your brand’s reputation could take a major hit if your business is at the centre of a breach involving customers’ bank or card details.

Of course, there are also financial consequences – not least the prospect of a substantial fine under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The upper limit for serious breaches is 4% of annual turnover or twenty million euros.

Customers and suppliers who suffer a financial loss because of a breach may also decide to take action against you to recoup those funds, too.

Shredding these documents and hard drives allows you to avoid this threat. You also receive a certificate of destruction which proves your business acted responsibly.

 

 3. You’ll make your business more sustainable

When you send documents for shredding, the waste is mixed with other paper waste, then recycled.

When hard drives are destroyed, the shredded metal is also mixed with other shredded metal waste and sent for reclamation and recycling.

Your business receives notification of how much was recycled from your waste, helping you prove your business is sustainable and helping all of us in the UK reach our recycling targets.

How can you choose the right shredding company?

Look for a business just like Venture Waste with…

  • Vetted and experienced workers
  • Shredding facilities with 24-hour security
  • GPS-tracked vans
  • Certificates of destruction
  • Expert waste consultants
  • Excellent recycling rates

Will your business take the decision to shred everything?

If you need advice on how to implement this policy, send us a message and we will get someone to give you a call.

Take a look at our shredding services here

 

The 10 facts about food waste every business owner needs to know

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Does your business produce food waste? 

It’s one of the areas which is now most scrutinised by the government and the public, with large-scale efforts over the past few years to reduce the amount of food waste the UK produces.

Farms, growers, food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and hospitality businesses all need to look at their surplus food and waste figures.

As we strive to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase recycling or re-using of waste, businesses must become more sustainable and look for innovative solutions.

Here are our top 10 facts about businesses and food waste

1.  The UK government plans to introduce a requirement for waste businesses to report annually on food surpluses, and its proposed resources and waste strategy says businesses should participate in initiatives to reduce avoidable food surpluses.

2. The UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food waste every year, the waste campaign WRAP says. This ranges from farmers and growers to restaurants, wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, and food service companies.

3. 250,000 tonnes of the wasted food are still edible – that’s 650 million meals. This surplus food is often thrown out because of a short shelf-life, labelling errors, or over-production. This happens at every stage of the process from farm to table. In retail alone, up to 110,000 tonnes is still edible. The UK government’s waste hierarchy says people and livestock must be fed with it before it is used for composting or energy generation. Disposal must be the last resort.

4. A total of 9.5 million tonnes of food waste was generated by UK households and businesses in 2018, with a value of more than £19 billion. That waste is associated with 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Surprisingly, 40% of food waste in the hospitality industry is in the form of carbohydrates – 21% of that is from potatoes, 12% is bread, and 7% is pasta. All those bread rolls on the table and bowls of chips?

6. Between 2007 and 2018, the UK saw food waste after the farm gate reduced by 15%. This follows several large-scale initiatives to prevent this waste.

7. Food manufacturers reduced their food waste by 350,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2018, that’s a drop of 21%. Retail food waste dropped by 5% over the same period.

8. Businesses increased the supply of surplus food to charities between 2015 and 2018. Charitable food redistribution increased by 180%. That equates to 21,000 tonnes or 50 million extra meals.

9. Sending food waste to landfill is an expensive way of dealing with it as landfill taxes are around £89 per tonne and you’d also have to pay gate fees. It also creates the build-up of gases such as methane in landfill sites which can be dangerous.

10. Food waste could be generating energy instead. Anaerobic digesters can turn it into green energy, as bacteria break down the organic matter without oxygen and generate a biogas which is trapped and used to generate heat or power.

 

Does your business need advice on handling its food waste send us a message and we will get you a quote sent out.

Is your business disposing of hazardous waste in the UK? Here’s what you need to know…

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If your business is disposing of hazardous waste in the UK, you must comply with strict regulations or face a substantial fine.

So, it’s time to consider tapping into the experience of expert waste consultants who work regularly in this field.

Before you consider disposing of hazardous waste, you must understand the composition of your waste and its classification.

How to identify hazardous waste

Waste is hazardous if it is a threat to the health of humans or to the environment.

Your business has a duty of care to the public, your staff, and the environment. You must avoid allowing it to harm anyone or cause pollution.

Hazardous waste includes…

  • chemicals, including brake fluid or print toner
  • asbestos
  • solvents
  • batteries
  • non-edible oils
  • pesticides
  • equipment like fridges and freezers containing ozone depleting substances

It must be stored separately to non-hazardous waste.

How should it be classified?

Hazardous waste must be described and classified to ensure it is stored correctly, moved in the right way, and sent to the correct facility for disposal.

Each class of waste has a classification code, helping waste management and disposal businesses to stay within the law when they transport it or process it.

So, you must note the names of the substances contained in it, how it was produced, and where it originated.

What else do you need for haz waste disposal in the UK?

You’ll need a correctly filled-in consignment note so that your waste carrier will be able to move it and take it to the processing plant.

There is different paperwork for waste destined for export, and for waste which has been imported.

If you’re a building contractor, you will also need a consignment note for asbestos removed from a residential property.

Then, you’ll need to use a licensed, reputable company to transport and dispose of the waste.

There are different certifications for different types of waste, so make sure you ask to see those which are relevant to your waste.

Ensure they are using a licensed facility as your business remains responsible for disposing of the hazardous waste correctly even after it leaves your site.

If you fail to do this and waste is dumped or handled improperly, you could face a large fine and substantial clear-up costs.

Don’t attempt to handle this kind of waste yourself.

It’s not worth the risk to your health or to your business.

 

Do you need help disposing of hazardous waste in the UK? Contact us today and we will be able to give you a quote.