The Correct Disposal Of Confidential Waste

As experts in the waste management industry, it’s essential that we keep up to date with any and all changes to legislation. With regards to confidential waste disposal and the management of sensitive waste items; the recent changes with GDPR and the 2018 version of the Data Protection Act are of significant importance.

The Correct Disposal Of Confidential Waste

The term confidential waste describes waste paperwork, files and documents that contain information about customers, clients, supplies, employees etc. If incorrectly disposed of, sensitive information can be stolen; which could potentially result in some catastrophic outcomes. As such, if you need to dispose of confidential or sensitive waste, you’ll need a waste strategy that disposes of your waste in a manner that complies with The Data Protection Act 2018.

The penalties for non-compliance are very serious, however many people find legislation difficult and confusing to understand. So how can you protect both your business and the data providers? The answer lies in a professional waste disposal service specifically designed to dispose of sensitive information; a confidential waste disposal service.

GDPR & Data Protection – How Does This Impact Waste Management?

In previous years, data protection was governed by the 1998 version of the Data Protection Act, which specified that information collected about people could only be used “for limited and specifically stated purposes”, must be “kept safe and secure” and cannot be kept for longer than is absolutely necessary. However, these rules were recently updated due to the implementation of GDPR regulations through the updated 2018 version of the Data Protection Act.

In the updated rules, that those responsible must make sure that data is used fairly, lawfully, and transparently, for specified explicit purposes, cannot be kept longer than necessary, and all data must be handled in a way that ensures appropriate levels of security. There are also stronger protections included regarding data that is known as sensitive personal information, which includes information regarding race, ethnic background, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union memberships, genetics, biometrics, health, and sexual orientation.

Issues regarding non-compliance are still handled by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office); however unlike the previous fine of up to £500,000 for non-compliance, the new legislation is empowered by GDPR rules and regulations, which is introduced on a two tier penalty system. If a non-compliance issue is regarded as a first tier offence, the penalties are up to €10 million, or 2% of annual global turnover (whichever is greater), on the other hand if the offence is second tier, the penalties are up to €20 million, or 4% of annual global turnover (whichever is greater). However, these two tiers of penalties are not the only methods the ICO can use to penalise businesses that are not compliant with the Data Protection Act, they can implement other actions including but not limited to, issuing a warning or a reprimand, imposing bans on data processing, and ordering the erasure of data.

Shredded Waste Disposal – A Solution To Sensitive Issues                 

For some time, BKP have provided a shredding service for their customers who require the destruction of sensitive items such as confidential documentation; ensuring that all items are destroyed completely before disposal. On completion, BKP will provide a detailed audit trail and certificate of destruction to their client for future reference and added confidence.

Should You Shred All Your Waste?

In order to combat risks associated with incorrect disposal of sensitive information, some businesses opt for a shred-all policy in which all waste is shredded. However, opting for a ‘shred all’ policy where every item of information is shredded can have disadvantages. Firstly it can be very time consuming to shred every single business document, secondly it might not be a cost effective solution. Instead, we would recommend a comprehensive waste disposal strategy that uses many different disposal and management methods, so that each individual waste item is removed using the most appropriate method.

At BKP Group, we take the security risks associated with confidential and sensitive waste very seriously, so you can relax and enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that your confidential waste is being disposed of in a responsible and legally compliant manner. When necessary, BKP can also supply video evidence of each item’s destruction to confirm that all sensitive items have been destroyed in a responsible and legally compliant manner. Additionally, our friendly and dedicated team of waste disposal professionals will provide your business with a certificate of destruction; verifying that your items of confidential waste have been handled and destroyed in the correct manner.

In fact, the shredder facility is so effective, it has already destroyed a multitude of waste streams from emblazoned products that are no longer in use, named uniforms and PPE to prevent security breaches, beauty and medical products which have not met the required trading standards to counterfeit items such as clothing and perfumes, unapproved toys, and electrical equipment.

Confidential Waste Disposal From BKP Group

With over 50 years of industry experience and innovative expertise working as a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we have provided fantastic waste management and waste disposal solutions to numerous customers and clients from a diverse range of industries over our many years of experience. After all, it’s essential that your business ensures that it maintains full compliance with the law, as penalties for non-compliance can be very severe. As such, we highly recommend disposing of your confidential waste through a specialised confidential waste disposal system provided by a fully licensed and registered waste management business.

However, in addition to our five decades of experience, we also recognise the importance of certification from external auditors. After all, they are a key component with regards to providing our clients with peace of mind. As such, we have the following accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardisation.

  • ISO 9001:2015 in Quality,
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental,
  • ISO 45001:2018 in Health and Safety.

For Responsible Disposal Of Confidential Waste, Call BKP Group

Founded in 1964 and driven by a dedicated team from our Romsey transfer station, BKP Group utilise latest technologies and recognised strategies to provide sustainable solutions in waste management. So if you’re in need the services of a talented and experienced waste management business we’re the ideal choice for businesses in the South East England region. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of waste management experts if you have any questions or if you would like to make an enquiry.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, you can talk to us by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.

  • You can send our team an email at
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