As the current holders of the Paper Recycling Business of the Year award, at Restore Datashred we are delighted with our recycling figures for 2020, which fly in the face of the pandemic.
What’s the news?
Restore Datashred’s Marketing Manager, Kieran Buckley says: “We’re pleased to reveal that, despite the pandemic trying to throw a spanner in the works, over the past year we have nevertheless sent 50,000 tonnes of paper to be recycled into products such as kitchen rolls, industrial paper and tissues”.
As the current Paper Recycling Business of the Year this may not be so much of a surprise, as our sheer size and scope mean we are a large recycling business with the capability to make this happen. We also have a goal of sending 0% to landfill as we are always conscious about sustainable recycling and having a positive environmental impact.
Putting 50,000 tonnes into perspective
- It takes 17 trees to make a tonne of paper.
- Recycling shredded paper means we help reduce the number of new trees needing to be felled for paper.
- 50,000 tonnes equate to 850,000 trees not needing to be felled because of recycling.
“We know our customers appreciate our efforts to reduce their carbon footprint,” continues Kieran, “and are relieved to know that 850,000 trees are still here, absorbing CO2, retaining water in the ground and generally contributing to the good things on our planet.
Knowing that they are doing business with a company that takes helping them meet their CSR commitments seriously is a strong message for our customers to take back to their own business stakeholders, too.”
Who we are
Restore Datashred is part of the Restore Plc group of market leading office services businesses. Together, the group offers fantastic coverage of mainland Britain and Northern Ireland and all five businesses benefit from strong shared values, a commitment to innovation and investment and being good people to work with.
Restore Datashred is one of the UK’s leading secure shredding services providers and our teams work together with these values in mind:
Empowerment – trusting each other to have the confidence to find the right solution to achieve common goals.
Excellence – working together safely and with the right attitude to provide a first-class service every time.
To ensure our confidential shredding services are carried out as effectively and securely as possible, we have invested in a nationwide network of state-of-the-art shredding centres, a 160-strong fleet of collection and mobile shredding vehicles – including a mini-fleet of the super-fast MDX-3 mobile shredding truck and a fully electric collections vehicle, and have annual shredding capacity of more than 100,000 tonnes for paper, plastics and textiles.
As well as technology, we invest in our people. We take care to recruit individuals whose passion for customer service is already developed; provide ongoing driver and operative training, offer apprenticeships and personal development opportunities and maintain a strong company culture of helping those who are less fortunate.
These investments, along with Restore Datashred’s use of the latest innovations, adds up to the company being ‘serious about shredding’. In fact, we’re so serious that the phrase is even our business mantra.
While data shredding may be ‘just’ a form of disposal, it is nonetheless our role to really know about risk and how to eliminate it as part of any company’s damage limitation. We help organisations to close any gaps in their data handling procedures so that they remain completely GDPR-compliant.
How we do it
“When Covid-19 kept many of us from our usual working routines in offices and other locations in March last year,” says Kieran Buckley, “we listened to what customers needed from us and we adapted our offer.
So, for example, we increased the number of mobile shredding collections for irregular timetables; we paused regular collection schedules; we completed large, one-off collections from businesses reducing their office footprint, and we set up home shredding services for remote workers so that their businesses would remain GDPR-compliant.
“Underpinning our services is our understanding of the key drivers for customers: security and risk management, value for money, and the environment. That’s why we work closely with customers to make sure we maintain an audited, unbroken chain of custody right through to the certificate of destruction that confirms every shred transaction.
As well as the certificate of destruction, we provide an Environmental Report after every shred, that shows customers how much paper they have recycled, and how that has reduced CO2 emissions, water usage and the number of trees needing to be felled to provide fresh paper supplies
Whatever format your confidential materials take, it’s fundamental to take special care of their end-of-life stage because risk management is key to fully complying with the legal requirements of GDPR and DPA 2018.
As well as the certificate of destruction, we provide an Environmental Report after every shred, that shows customers how much paper they have recycled, and how that has reduced CO2 emissions, water usage and the number of trees needing to be felled to provide fresh paper supplies – and it’s a popular tool for businesses to take back to their own stakeholders and customers as part of their CSR commitment.
Looking ahead to the coming months, there’s no doubt that many organisations, large and small, will be looking to blend office and home working and recalibrate the working environment. Restore Datashred will be on hand adapting our services to help clear store cupboards and storage facilities alike of obsolete documents, working with facilities and administrative managers to ensure compliance with data handling regulations and retention and disposal requirements.”
What we offer
“There’s no ‘one size fits all’ with us,” Kieran states. “By talking to our well informed and highly approachable customer service team, our customers can decide on exactly the type of collection and disposal that suits them, choosing from our menu of options. All our services are backed by our customer service excellence – see what our customers think of us on Trustpilot and in our Net Promoter Score – and by the wide range of high-quality accreditations we work hard to achieve and maintain.”
On-site/mobile shredding – an immediate solution with an enhanced level of peace of mind
Off-site shredding – built to scale and a really cost-effective solution
Home shredding – a secure service for remote workers
Product and textiles disposal – protect your intellectual property and your reputation
Digital and electronic media disposal – on- or off-site, media is shredded BS EN 15713, which covers highly sensitive and confidential material.
Kieran finishes by saying: “The past year has been a massive challenge for businesses everywhere. We’d like to send out a big ‘Thank you’ to all our customers who have, somehow, continued to dispose of their confidential data safely and securely with us.”
Restore Datashred: at a glance
- Nationwide coverage, local focus
- Excellent service from trained, vetted, friendly teams
- Modern fleet of mobile shredders and secure collection trucks
- Adaptability – office or remote working, we still provide the same level of service excellence
- Trusted by private and public sector organisations of all sizes
- ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 accredited
- BS EN15713 shredding standard accredited, including BS7858 staff vetting.