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Shredding and the Environment

shredding-and-the-environmentAs companies slowly start to de-clutter and make the move to paperless offices, piles of documents and antiquated digital devices need to be removed from their offices. Finding a document destruction service with a commitment to green policies and strict HIPAA, GLBA, and FACTA regulations is an important step to securing company information in a way that protects the environment.

How Your Office’s Paper Use Impacts the Environment

Paper production and use involves much more than just wasting trees. Paper mills use additional resources and negatively impact the environment by:

  • Reducing the capacity of CO2 absorption. Even if trees are planted to replace the ones cut down for paper, new growth absorbs much less CO2 than an established forest.
  • Paper mills use huge volumes of water to produce paper. In terms of the energy and water needed, paper is as highly resource intensive as steel. This makes it one of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution.
  • Harmful chemicals are discharged into the environment. To create the texture and thickness needed for office paper, mills use a cocktail of chemicals which are often released back into the environment and are toxic to plants and animals.

How CDDC Can Help

At CDDC, we partner with recycling plants that recycle your office paper for reuse. Other paper shredding companies dispose of shredded paper without regard for the environment, contributing to rising greenhouse gases. By extending the life-cycle of office paper with established green practices, CDDC is paving the way for safer and more efficient paper shredding.

To get more information about our secure, green, paper shredding services, call (888) 826-233 for a free cost estimate.