The VA is working to clean up all their problems with patient information security. They recently had to dive into kitchen waste to retrieve meal tickets. The problem started when their shredder broke. The tags were thrown in with food waste. When the breach was discovered they dug through the trash to retrieve them. [article]
Like every piece of equipment, shredders break. The beauty of a shredding service is you aren’t responsible for fixing it. Or worse yet, have employees violating security policy while it is broken.
Two Minneapolis based shredding companies have announced their merger. Shred Right will combine companies with Document Destruction Service. The company will continue under the Shred Right name. The two companies offered shredding to Minneapolis and St Paul. Financial details were not released.
Cintas has purchased New York based Code Shred. The details of the deal were not disclosed.
If worked with Code Shred and are now looking for a locally owned company to do your shredding we would be glad to help you out.
A common question we get is whether shredded paper is recyclable. The answer is an absolute YES. We recycle all the paper we shred. We even recycle the hard drives after they are shredded.
There is a lot of misinformation out there that shredded paper can’t be recycled because it cuts the fiber. This is simply twenty year old rubbish. Paper mills looked into this very question and found the fiber degradation to be negligible. They consider the quality to be the same as any other standard office paper.
So why do some recycling companies say that it isn’t? That is because they have purchased equipment that can’t handle it. Instead of setting up a process for shredded paper they make up excuses. The result is that tons of paper that should be recycled is sent to the landfill.
If you have ever been to “green” Boulder Colorado you will find the irony of their recycling center convincing more people to use the landfill instead of recycling.
Shredding services in the UK have formed an alliance to bid on national projects. They are calling the new group The Shredding Alliance (TSA). I like the press release because they describe all of the shredding companies as “independent.” Once they formed this group aren’t they no longer independent? I wonder if they will give you a pat down before they do the shredding?
Karen Cruz was looking for a box in a dumpster behind a Plano, Texas library when she discovered 50 boxes of personnel files from White Rock Networks. The company was acquired several years ago. The discovery was reported to WFAA. The documents were then baled and shipped overseas.
The City of Plano should have shredded the documents before releasing them.
One of the people who regularly go through trash are private investigators. They may be working for a competitor who is targeting your business or simply on a case that shares a dumpster with you. This is what happened to a Blue Cross / Blue Shield agent in when they dumped a box of old client files in the trash. They were discovered by William Cobra Staubs, a private investigator working on a case.
He turned the documents over to authorities and now the agent could face penalties under HIPAA and FACTA.