Countdown to Earth Day: Shred, Recycle, Save Trees!

According to a study done by the University of Southern Indiana, each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This year, at Healthcare Waste Management, we are counting down to Earth Day again, by taking a look at recycling paper products, and how our secure paper shredding services contribute to that.

When you have document destruction services, you are protecting important and invaluable assets and information. Every day, confidential documents are dropped into our secure, locked consoles, in offices, medical facilities, and businesses throughout our service area. On a scheduled basis, our drivers go into said facilities to empty these consoles and transport them for secure destruction, guaranteeing 100% confidentiality. Upon destruction, our customers receive notice of the destruction date, and further guarantee of their safety and security.

The process doesn’t end there. Once these documents are shredded using a “pierce and tear” method, ensuring no two pieces of paper are exactly the same, the shredded paper is securely transported to a paper mill for recycling. From the destroyed pieces of paper, a pulp is made, and the paper is further separated for recycling. The ink is removed, as well as other imperfections, during a screening process. Finally, the paper pulp is ready to be manufactured into new paper products.

Our large locked consoles hold about 100 pounds of paper. If this console is picked up on a weekly basis, that’s about 5,200 pounds of paper per year, or about 40 trees saved. Not only is secure document destruction the safest and most secure way to get rid of private documents,  it’s a way to do something good for our planet. To learn more about our shredding services, contact a HWM representative today!