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Why is Confidential Waste Disposal Important?

Confidential Waste Disposal

Confidential Waste Disposal

Business owners are far more aware of the cyber threats they can face within their businesses. However, some still neglect the good old paper document information, don’t treat is as confidenatil waste and dispose it as part of cardboard recycling which is a mistake. The paper waste lying around your business could cause serious harm to your business if any confidential information contained on them got into the wrong hands and that includes just throwing all of it in the recycling bin without document shredding. You could face hefty fines under the Data Protection Act as well as losing your reputation. This in-depth article will discuss why confidential waste disposal is so essential for your business to consider.

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What Laws Uphold Confidential Waste Disposal in the UK?

Confidential papers being leaked has been a problem for centuries. Others could use any sensitive information written down in negative ways. That is why the UK has a few different laws and regulations to enforce businesses to take care of their sensitive documents and partake in media destruction and confidential waste disposal (and we can help you with that!). Let’s take a look at these laws and regulations maintained by The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promote data privacy and fine businesses and government bodies who breach the rules.

Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)

This legislation is the fundamental law that upholds confidential information security and the disposing of sensitive documents. It is actually based on a European regulation that was designed to protect individuals’ data. Still, it was expanded on to suit big businesses as well. The most important element of the Data Protection Act is that any confidential data collected can only be used for particular circumstances listed in the company contract. This means that confidential data isn’t allowed to be given to any third parties without the person’s consent. There is also a national association for information destruction to help keep the procedures in place.

The DPA has different principles listed and one of which states:

“Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.”

Businesses have to keep this in mind when trying to meet the appropriate security requirements for confidential data. You should consider:

  • Putting in place different policies and procedures in which all staff are trained (such as secure storage systems, a special waste media destruction recycling bin to be given over to confidential data shredding service providers).
  • The harm that could occur if your data is damaged, lost, or stolen.
  • The nature of the information being protected.
  • The reliability of your employees who take care of any sensitive documents.
  • Preparation of what to do if any security breaches occur.

 

Data Protection Bill

This is a different law from the DPA. Data Protection Bill was implemented in 2018 to update other data protection legislation, mainly to protect digital data. Although this doesn’t quite relate to confidential waste disposal in the physical form, it is equally essential for your business to consider disposing of sensitive electronic waste as well.

General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR)

This law is a relatively new law enacted by the European Union in 2018, almost replacing DPA. After Brexit UK has decided to keep GDPR rules in place with minor adjustments. UK GDPR is important for confidential waste disposal because many companies will need to review and make changes to their current document destruction and retention policies to line up better with the new law. After this has been accomplished, your old confidential papers will need to be disposed of so they do not confuse your employees, so confidential waste disposal will be necessary.

Some changes that will be implemented from the DPA are:

  • The fines will increase, and a two-tiered system will be introduced depending on the severity of the security breaches.
  • Companies will have to justify, document, and evidence all their decisions to collect sensitive information to have stronger accountability.
  • Individuals in a business will be given complete control over their personal information being used, such as their right to be informed, document destruction, restricting processing, accessing the confidential data as they please, updating data, and objecting against the use of their data for certain activities.
  • The processing of personal information within businesses needs to be more concise, easily accessible, free of charge, and completely transparent.
  • It needs to include privacy notices on the confidential papers.
  • A supervisor of any sensitive information must report any security breaches to all in the business within 72 hours.
  • Compulsory registration requirements to The Information Commissioner’s Office will no longer be in effect.
  • Internal reporting procedures, investigations, and data breach detections should be more rigorous than previously.
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What Could Thieves Do With My Data?

Suppose your business’s confidential papers got into the wrong hands. In that case, it could have some severe implications for you and any employees in your business, which includes:

  • They could pose as you to defraud your customers (an even more significant threat if the paperwork has any bank or card details).
  • They could sell the information about your business to your competitors.
  • If passwords are on any paperwork, they could gain access to your online systems and lead to online data theft.
  • They could discover when your business premises are empty if they have staff rotas and shifts, leading to physical theft on the property.

 

What Are The Types of Confidential Waste?

So, after all this information, perhaps you are wondering what counts as confidential waste:

Staff Records – these could contain names, phone numbers, addresses, national insurance numbers, and bank details.

Customer Records – this could include letters and receipts as well. Still, these can all include names, addresses, phone numbers, bank details, and other personal information.

Reports – thieves could identify individual customers or members of staff, and details on the information could contain job titles, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and pay grades.

Rotas – like previously mentioned, details could be found about the movements of staff in your business which could be a risk for them or a risk for theft on your property.

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What Documents Should I Dispose of as Confidential Waste?

Above are the common types of confidential information, but here is a more comprehensive list of all the different physical copies of sensitive information that should be disposed of appropriately following the laws for confidential waste disposal.

For Employees:

  • CVs
  • IDs or access cards
  • Appraisals and reviews
  • Absence and sickness information
  • Disciplinary reports

 

For Customers:

  • Customer contact details
  • Contracts
  • Printed emails or other correspondence
  • Photo ID documents
  • Any other documents containing personal information

 

For Finances:

  • Tax returns
  • Budgeting documents
  • Sales receipts
  • Bank statements
  • Payroll information
  • Voided cheques

 

For Companies:

  • Supplier information
  • Company structure documents
  • Pricing lists

You need to dispose of confidential documents in your business and though the main ones are listed above, there may be others related to your particular business that could also need confidential waste disposal services. Still, the lists above are the minimum requirements set out by the UK data protection laws and regulations.

Is There Any Information That Shouldn’t Be Shredded?

Although the disposal of confidential documents is important, there are some items that do not need to be disposed of securely, and there are some cases in which shredding your documents should never occur, such as:

  • Divorce papers
  • Wills
  • Marriage certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Death certificates
  • Birth certificates

 

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Reasons To Invest in Confidential Waste Disposal

Despite the laws and regulations in place, which mean you should be disposing of your confidential waste appropriately, what other benefits are there to confidential waste disposal? And why should it be outsourced?

Cost-Effectiveness

Paper shredding can be a surprisingly costly thing for businesses. Paper shredding machines for confidential documents can be expensive and time-consuming for staff to partake in when they have other duties to perform. Maintenance for shredding machines is also required quite often, which also costs quite a lot of money – running the engines for extended periods will also up your electricity bills each month. These are reasons that outsourcing your confidential waste disposal to other service providers can reduce your costs and increase productivity in your business.

Environmental Impact

So much waste ends up in landfills every year. But Inspire Waste Management collects your confidential waste to shred, and then the shredded documents are then recycled into other paper-based products. Did you know that 49% of the UK’s annual waste recycling comes from secure, confidential waste disposal facilities? Imagine all that in the landfill. It’s a win-win situation for you to recycle your confidential waste (we ensure all confidential waste is recycled once it’s been shredded). So you would be playing a big part in protecting the environment.

Identity Theft Protection

As previously stated, identity theft is on the rise. It can be a serious problem for businesses that don’t correctly partake in confidential waste disposal. By securing your waste, you’re following the laws and regulations as well as protecting your business and the people involved in your business, which includes your clients and employees. Your confidential waste will be collected, shredded, and recycled in a closed-loop, so there will be no trace of your personal information.

Ethical Obligations

From the last point, any security breaches in your business put your employees and customers at risk and violate their privacy. The data breach may only cause a slight inconvenience, or it may result in much more severe consequences, potentially leaving the people you are responsible for emotionally distressed and with money lost or identities taken.

Client Trust

By outsourcing your confidential waste disposal needs, you are freeing up your time but still giving your clients peace of mind that their confidential information is in safe hands. This client trust can significantly benefit your business. If they believe you are putting their best interests first, they will be more likely to want to stay with you for whatever service you provide them.

Creates More Space

All of your confidential documents take up a lot of room in your business workplace, whether you store them in boxes, cupboards, or filing cabinets. By choosing confidential waste disposal, you will be able to free up more space and declutter your filing system. Before shredding your documents, we will always provide secure storage for your confidential papers and a certificate of destruction is provided after the shredded material is recycled.

How Can We Help With Your Confidential Waste Disposal?

Hopefully, this article has convinced you of the importance of confidential waste disposal, but why should you choose us? At Inspire Waste Management, we have years of experience in waste and recycling. Our contractors all have the required certifications to perform these tasks and are fully audited. We can help you wherever you are based in the UK. We’ll work hard to get your service in place within seven working days because we understand how important the task of disposing of your confidential waste is. With us taking care of your confidential waste, you can have peace of mind following all the waste disposal laws and regulations in the UK. There are flat rates, so budgeting for your confidential waste disposal is simple, and there are no hidden costs. Call us on 0800 002 9282 for a free consultation today for your confidential waste disposal needs.

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Asbestos Disposal in the UK

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Commercial asbestos disposal services by Inspire Waste Management

Asbestos poses a great risk to human health and safety, it is counted as hazardous waste, and you could be unaware if there is asbestos in your home or business premises and not know how to deal with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos may be very dangerous under certain circumstances. Asbestos-related diseases still occur today despite the material being banned before the year 2000. This shows the threat it still poses to human health and environmental health and that we have a duty to manage asbestos safely. The following article we have put together will help you understand critical factors about asbestos and why asbestos removal is important and how we can help you with the disposal of hazardous waste, including asbestos.

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What is Asbestos and Why is Asbestos Disposal Important?

Different types of rock contain asbestos. It is most commonly found in three rock types:

  • Altered ultramafic rocks
  • Serpentinites
  • Mafic rocks

 

Other rocks could contain asbestos as well, such as:

  • Carbonatites
  • Metamorphosed dolostones
  • Metamorphosed iron formations
  • Alkalic intrusions

 

Asbestos materials were used widely in the construction industry as well as many others up until the 1990s, so they were handling asbestos without any health and safety measures. They used this asbestos containing materials because asbestos is heat resistant, strong, fireproof, and chemical resistant, so it was mixed with other materials, making identifying asbestos now quite difficult. It was a versatile material with many uses before people began to realise how dangerous the fibres in asbestos are for human health and environmental health.

 

What are the Different Types of Asbestos When Conducting Asbestos Disposal?

 

There are six types of asbestos fibres, although three are commonly used in the UK:

  • Chrysotile or white asbestos – This is the most commonly used form of asbestos. This asbestos was usually used in walls, floor tile, roofs, and ceilings. Manufacturers also used chrysotile asbestos for gaskets and boiler seals, brake linings, and asbestos insulation for ducts, pipes, and appliances. The UK banned this type of asbestos in 1999.
  • Amosite or brown asbestos – This type of asbestos was usually used in pipe insulation and cement sheets. It has also been found in ceiling tiles and floor tile, asbestos insulation such as asbestos insulating boards, and thermal insulation products.
  • Crocidolite or blue asbestos – This type of asbestos was used to insulate steam engines. It was also found in some plastics, pipe insulation, sprayed coating on materials, and asbestos cement. The UK banned this type of asbestos in 1970.

 

The other three types of asbestos are anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. However, the county council have said these were used in small quantities or contaminants of chrysotile asbestos. Although some types of asbestos are more dangerous than others, they are all dangerous, so waste collection and waste disposal are the best options.

 

Asbestos roof

Asbestos roof

 

Where is Asbestos Found?

As mentioned before, asbestos is commonly found in buildings older than the year 2000. Examples of things that contain asbestos are walls, floor tile, roofs and ceilings, gaskets and boiler seals, brake linings and insulation for ducts, pipes, and appliances, spray-on coatings, and cement bonded asbestos sheeting products.

Other examples of where asbestos waste is found include:

  • Lagging – located in or on heating systems such as calorifiers or around boilers and pipework.
  • Asbestos Insulating Board – mainly used for fireproofing, but also found in lift shaft linings, partition walls, ceiling tiles, panels below windows, fireproofing panels in fire doors, and soffits.
  • Roofing Felt
  • Textiles – can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse, heat-resistant gloves, and old fire blankets.
  • Composites – examples of these are bath panels, window sills, toilet cisterns, and seats.

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Who is Most at Risk From Asbestos Outside of Asbestos Disposal and Removal Related Activities?

Suppose you have worked in an industry that dealt with asbestos fibres from the 1970s to 1990s, such as construction and building work, ship-building, or insulation work. In that case, you could have been subjected to exposure to asbestos. However, there are other jobs where asbestos exposure could have been possible. High-risk occupations for exposure to asbestos include general maintenance workers, electricians, plasterers, demolition workers, building surveyors, plumbers, painters and decorators, heating and ventilation engineers, roofers, gas fitters, and many more.

You could also be exposed to asbestos if you live with a worker in the high-risk occupations mentioned above. This is because asbestos fibres can be carried on clothing, where family members could breathe them in. Other than this, it is unlikely that you would be exposed to asbestos.

People older than 65 in the UK most commonly die from asbestos-related diseases from coming into contact with asbestos waste. However, there have been younger people diagnosed due to secondhand exposure to asbestos. Men make up around 80% of people receiving mesothelioma diagnosis in the UK. Women are more commonly exposed to asbestos waste indirectly, such as coming into contact with people who worked with asbestos materials or living near asbestos factories.

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Asbestos roof prepared for asbestos disposal

What are the Health Risks of Asbestos Disposal or Removal Done Wrong?

Asbestos is a very dangerous fibre that can cause many health problems, mainly lung conditions according to medical surveillance. Non-malignant pleural disease is one health risk. This is not a cancerous condition but still poses serious health risks.

The pleural disease includes:

  • Pleural Plaques – these are calcified buildups that occur on the pleural membrane. Although they are not considered a serious health condition, they can make breathing more difficult and painful if they become thick.
  • Pleural Thickening – this is caused by lesions forming on the pleural lining.
  • Pleural Effusion – this is a collection of fluid around the lungs.

 

Other health conditions caused by asbestos according to medical surveillance are:

  • Asbestosis is a non-cancerous condition that results in scarring of the lungs. Asbestosis leads to chest tightness and shortness of breath because it prevents the lungs from expanding and relaxing normally.
  • Mesothelioma is a condition that forms in membranes of body cavities. There are different types of mesothelioma depending on where tumors grow in the body. Pleural mesothelioma tumors grow on the lining of the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma tumors are found in the stomach. Pericardial mesothelioma tumors form in the heart. Testicular mesothelioma tumors appear on the testes.
  • COPD – this condition stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Asbestos can increase a person’s risk of developing the condition. COPD weakens the lungs, which could cause a person to be more susceptible to other asbestos-related diseases.
  • Asbestos-related cancers include lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
  • Cancers linked to asbestos exposure include pharyngeal cancer, colon cancer, and stomach cancer.

These examples of medical conditions due to asbestos show why it is important to get a licensed contractor to conduct the appropriate risk assessments.

Asbestos Disposal DIY: Can I Remove Asbestos By Myself?

Asbestos collections aren’t like dealing with standard household waste such as food waste. It can be difficult identifying asbestos because it is usually mixed with other materials. Due to the dangerous nature of asbestos, specialists to deal with asbestos who can follow asbestos regulations should be contacted to test whether there is asbestos in your home or business. That is unless you commit to training to hold a license from the HSE in the UK to remove ‘lower risk’ asbestos containing materials.

It is against the law to attempt handling asbestos without a certification and asbestos training due to the extreme health risks it can cause to you and others around you, the local authority can fine you £20,000 or up to six months in prison. If asbestos products are not disturbed, they do not pose any threat. Still, suppose you think asbestos is in your home or business. In that case, you should contact a certified asbestos surveyor who can run through the asbestos essentials task sheet and get asbestos disposal contractors so they can dispose of it properly as they will have the appropriate waste carriers license.

 

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Asbestos disposal containers

 

How is Asbestos Disposal Conducted?

Asbestos falls under the Hazardous Waste Regulations, which means it requires risk assessments and a specialised cleaning crew and skip hire with site staff should be employed for the disposal of asbestos to ensure all traces of the asbestos fibres are gone. The construction waste can then be taken to recycling centres.

Precautions need to be taken in both asbestos disposal and removal. When heavy power tools are used, such as drills and saws, asbestos materials could be exposed. The area needs to be cleared before any of it is removed to avoid contamination of any furniture, clothing, or any other type of material where the asbestos fibres can settle. Everything else in the room that cannot be removed also needs to be covered entirely and double wrapped using thick polythene plastic sheeting. This double bagging essentially creates a containment area where the place will be airlocked so no asbestos fibres can escape when the asbestos removal begins. This isolation is vital when asbestos removal is taking place because of the potential for asbestos fibres escaping and not following asbestos regulations. An alert sign will be placed outside of the containment area to warn others of the asbestos containing material nearby in order to avoid the spread of fatal diseases.

The team performing the asbestos removal all have to wear protective equipment such as respirators and protective gloves, and boots at all times when in the containment area. Personal protective equipment is not necessary outside of the containment area though.

The next step is the waste disposal.  A sealed skip suitable for asbestos collections will carry the asbestos waste which has a segregated waste carriers for the asbestos fibres. This skip then transports the asbestos safely to a licensed local tip or other disposal site that accepts asbestos and a ‘Waste Consignment Note’ will be filled in and be kept for three years. This asbestos can then be recycled by the recycling centres.

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Waste Recycling Methods in Asbestos Disposal

  • Asbestos can be heated in a sodium hydroxide solution above 1,250 degrees Celsius which breaks down the asbestos. The asbestos fibres in this process produces a type of glass which is non-hazardous.
  • A microwave thermal treatment can also be used when disposing of asbestos and then the remnants of the asbestos can be used for porcelain tiles or ceramic bricks.
  • Lastly, another method is to put the asbestos waste in a high-speed mill to be processed down into inert minerals.

 

What Should You Expect From Inspire Waste Management when it comes to Asbestos Disposal?

By using Inspire Waste Management for our asbestos disposal services, you and your business are correctly and fully following all hazardous waste regulations. Using our services of the disposal of hazardous waste ensures you the satisfaction that your asbestos will be disposed of entirely, safely, and legally.

We are always up-to-date with the latest legislation in Britain to ensure that we can provide you with advice for your legal requirements regarding the disposal of asbestos, including the safe disposal and environmentally safe disposal (in accordance to the UK environment agency) and using personal protective equipment.

 

How Much Does Asbestos Disposal Cost?

Companies charge different ways, but on average, any hazardous waste, including asbestos disposal, costs between £300 for a ¼ truckload up to £1000 for a full truckload. Asbestos disposal contractors also can charge based on per ton of asbestos waste, which the cost could range from £40 – £600 per ton. Of course, different factors can change the quote given to remove the asbestos, such as:

  • The location of the asbestos waste
  • How dangerous the type of asbestos is
  • How much asbestos needs to be removed

 

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There are big changes planned for business waste in the government’s new resources and waste strategy

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The way we use resources and deal with business waste looks set to change in the next few years.

The UK government is consulting on its ambitious new Resources and Waste Strategy for England which aims to move to a more circular economy.

The goal is to keep resources in use for longer. However for that to happen, businesses and households must all reduce, reuse, and recycle more than we do now, the strategy says. That means rethinking the way we deal with business waste.

The proposed changes would bring England into line with similar arrangements in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In the strategy, manufacturers and producers bear a heavier financial burden for the pollution they cause.

There are also new economic and regulatory incentives to do the right thing, combined with better infrastructure and information.

The report looks at eight key areas:

  • The management and recovery of resources
  • Production sustainability
  • Tackling waste crime
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Cutting food waste
  • Research and innovation
  • Britain’s role globally
  • How progress will be measured

Ultimately, the strategy’s aim is to double the productivity of resources and eliminate any avoidable waste by 2050.

 

What are the implications of the new strategy?

 

  1. You’d need to have more than just a general business waste collection. In fact, you’d need at least to ensure you have a mixed dry recycling collector and a food waste collection in place. A set of dry, mixed materials which are recyclable would be designated by the UK government. This would include plastic pots, trays, and tubs, plastic bottles, glass bottles, jars, paper, card, metal cans, and metal caps. Having a separate food waste collection would reduce greenhouse gases from landfill sites.
  2. Difficult to recycle waste would need to be separated from the other recycling to ensure there is a consistency about the amount of waste being recycled. This should be collected separately, where there are options for recycling.
  3. Packaging waste producers would be expected to fund the net costs of dealing with the waste they put into the market fully. A new source of funding for council collections would help deal with packaging waste. There would also be incentives to reduce the amount of hard-to-recycle or unnecessary packaging. This would encourage producers to invest in sustainable packaging and help increase recycling rates from the current level of 70%.
  4. There would be a deposit return scheme which would help tackle waste from the drinks industry, particularly drinks taken on the go such as water bottles and coffee cups. Government research has shown this could increase recycling rates of these items by 20%. Consumers would pay a deposit where they buy the drink. Retailers would need to consider how they would combine the new DRS money returns with their till operations and manufacturers would need to think about where and how they would store and then process returned drinks containers.
  5. The strategy suggests a plastic packaging tax for packaging with less than 30% of recycled materials. This could spur businesses into looking for new packaging options.

 

Is your business ready for the potential changes to business waste collections and recycling? If you need the advice of our experienced waste consultants call our Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.