Secure Document Destruction - under the Public Records Act 2002 -
public records must be disposed of under a strict process. This process is
governed under the Information Standard 31.
Mythbusters: Document Shredding Fact
Weíve heard common questions and concerns regarding document
shredding, and whether or not itís a necessity for businesses today. Weíve
summarized our responses to those common questions below to debunk
Four common document shredding myths:
No one looks through my trash so why would I shred? You
might be surprised to learn that combing through trash or dumpster
diving is a routine activity for many thieves, and it is considered so
profitable, itís been a tactic for some organized crime rings.
I store my records securely so I donít need to shred. While
securely storing your records is a sound security practice,Australia
have laws that mandate how long businesses should retain records
before destroying them.
You canít recycle shredded paper. Shredded paper can indeed
be recycled and used for a variety of consumer products.
My company is too small for a shredding service.
Considering a 2010 EPA report found the average office worker
uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year; your office is creating more
paperwork and waste than youíd imagine.
Armed with a better understanding of these myths, you can begin to
separate fact from fiction to better tackle your document shredding
Producing one tonne of recycled paper will save:
31,780 litres of water
4,100 kilowatts of electricity
27 kg of air pollutants
4 cubic metres of landfill
2.5 barrels of oil