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Shredding is one of those things that most people know they should be doing, but a lot of people don’t whether that’s because they don’t have the time, it’s too much effort or they just don’t have the equipment, every year more and more confidential data is finding its way into the hands of criminals. For businesses, this could cost thousands in lost revenue, stolen funds and reputational damage. In short, shredding is one of the most vital protections your business has against data thieves. If you’re still not convinced, we have 10 reasons your business needs to be shredding.

Save Time: Manually disposing of documentation is ineffective and time-consuming, wasting a lot of your employees valuable time. Shredding is a much more effective way to dispose of confidential information, and is a much more efficient alternative to ripping up documents by hand.

Ensure Compliance: GDPR has brought in a whole new host of data privacy concerns for businesses around the storage and disposal of confidential data. Shredding ticks all the boxes when it comes to data protection laws, and ensures you don’t have to worry about making sure your disposal is GDPR complaint.

Improve Green Credentials: Shredding makes the process of recycling much easier for businesses. Introducing it to businesses and being transparent about your recycling practices will show customers that your business values the environment, and improve customer relations.

Protection From Identity Theft: The average business generates and handles a huge amount of paperwork containing sensitive or confidential information. That information is very valuable, and all it takes is one bag of documents to get into the wrong hands, and your customer’s identities could be on the line. Shredding documentation before it leaves your premises keeps that information safe and helps prevent identity theft. 

Support Health & Safety Concerns: Big piles of paperwork and boxes of files are a serious fire hazard, not to mention and health and safety risk for trips, falls and blocking fire doors. Shredding ensures that these potential hazards are efficiently removed.

Space Efficiency: Documents can spend a lot of time gathering dust in the corner, especially if you’ve been running for a long time and have piles or archives. All of this takes up valuable office space in your business, which could be used to hold stock or meeting space. Shredding clears that space and ensures you only keep what you need, and not what’s long overdue to be destroyed.

Protect Against Corporate Espionage: From future product plans to investor documents, shredding ensures that key information that could empower a competitor won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Protect Customer Data: If you want your customers to trust you with their data, you need to show them that you can handle their data securely from beginning to end. Shredding ensures that your customer’s data is destroyed effectively, efficiently and securely.

Only The Right People See Documents: Information like staff reviews or potential redundancies can cause a lot of tension in a business if they are seen by the wrong people. Shredding unwanted documentation makes sure that confidential documents can’t fall into the wrong hands and cause problems.


On or off-site, shredding is a valuable tool in your business arsenal. At Greenaway, we help businesses to understand how important shredding can be for your business, and help you implement it effectively. With our secure shredding consoles, shredding bags and on-site secure shredding service, you can be confident that your business data will be destroyed securely. To find out more, just get in touch with us today.