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National Shred Day

by Mark Rowe

National Shred Day, organised by the trade body the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) with the national crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, is running on Saturday, October 2. The idea; to offer the public chances to safely dispose of confidential waste for a nominal donation using the services of the BSIA’s Information Destruction (ID) section members. Any donations will go towards regional projects carried out by Crimestoppers.

Morrison’s supermarkets will host shredding on the day from 9am, whereby the public will be able to bring along as much as they wish to dispose of, whether lever arch files, paper documents and boxes of statements, which will be securely shredded on-site before being baled and recycled into paper and tissue products.

For the venues, stretching from Glasgow to Yeovil and Southampton, visit the BSIA’s National Shred Day page.

Under the theme of ‘Shredded, sorted’, the Day aims to raise awareness of the potential risk of fraud if personal information is not disposed of effectively.

Kristian Carter, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction section is Commercial Director of shredding contract firm Shred Station. He said: “No matter how well you may think you’ve shredded your personal information and confidential waste at home, it is not 100% safe from thieves. Over lockdown many small companies and independent traders will have stored up a considerable amount and often small shredders will not be sufficient enough to dispose of it safely.

“It is essential now more than ever that confidential documented information on people and businesses is destroyed securely to avoid the possibility of fraud occurring, and the BSIA’s ID companies play a crucial role in maintaining confidentiality with all kinds of paper data. For a small donation you can dispose of your data securely and professionally and be assured that they won’t get their hands on your personal information.”

And Mark Hallas, Chief Executive at the 0800 confidential crime reporting line Crimestoppers, said: “I know that many of us – from businesses to people – have kept too much personal information as a result of lockdowns and the pandemic, especially with people working from home. This is a fantastic opportunity to protect yourself by safely disposing of your or other’s personal information – and at the same time help raise valuable funds for Crimestoppers and our important work locally. I’d also like to say a big thank you to BSIA for supporting our charity.”


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