Whilst paper shredding and paper recycling are crucial steps in protecting the integrity of data in businesses, they are extremely important for the environment too. In this article, we’ll shed light on the positive impacts of shredded and recycled paper in saving Mother Earth.
How shredding and recycling paper help the environment and promote sustainability
From 2001 to 2021, Britain lost 507 kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 14% decline in tree cover since 2000. In terms of volume, paper and paper products account for more than half the wood consumed in the UK.
Shredded paper can be recycled into packing material, paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, insulation, compost and so on. Paper recycling lowers the demand for virgin paper pulp, effectively reducing the demand to cut down virgin forests.
Reduce landfill and methane emissions
Being one of the easiest materials to recycle, paper can be recycled somewhere between 4 to 7 times depending on the paper’s fibres condition. The more paper is shredded and recycled, the fewer the trees being chopped down and ending up in landfill.
Decomposition of paper in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas that has 28 to 36 times the heat-trapping power compared to carbon dioxide (CO2). As a Matter of fact, paper decomposition is the largest contributor to the methane generated.
Reduce energy consumption
Paper recycling requires 50% less energy compared to the production and manufacture of virgin paper made out of wood, significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
How can your business destroy confidential and sensitive records and documents in an eco-friendly way?
At Cube Records Management, we offer secure, confidential and affordable paper shredding and destruction services. Clearing unnecessary paperwork not only creates more room for other important business items, but also decreases the possibility of private information falling into the wrong hands.
Here’s how our paper shredding and destruction works:
- Upon request, we will collect your physical documents and records in our fleet of vehicles and return them to our secure facility.
- We offer flexible day-to-day collection service, weekly, monthly or periodically.
- The paper will be shredded, compacted, put into bales, pulped and recycled. Cube Records Management ensures that all paper is fully recyclable. We also environmentally discard alternate items such as X-rays, computer media/film and so on. The solvents will be reclaimed and the remains are incinerated to guarantee complete record destruction.
- Cube Records Management records all destructions with a ‘Certificate of Destruction’ to certify the complete physical destruction of records and documents.
Paper shredding and paper recycling have become an important part of promoting sustainability and protecting the environment for future generations. If your business values sustainability, properly shredding and recycling should be taken into consideration.