32  Confidential data

State defence secrets and other sensitive material such as personal records certainly justify shredding, but it is doubtful that all classes of material are confidential enough to warrant this expensive treatment.  It costs a company less, significantly reduces fuel use, and is more practical to collect paper for recycling in its normal compact form, rather than shredded, which is full of air, lighter and more bulky, and takes up more space both in an office and in a vehicle, often generating greater mileage and more frequent trips.  Yet the security industry is massive, ad growing all the time.  Some say it is in the interests of confidential security shredding companies to induce paranoia.  Are your employees trustworthy?  Have you a secure area where paper can be stored that doesn't need shredding?  Ask yourself seriously: does this really need to be shredded?  Perhaps some does and some doesn't - this could save you staff time and collection fees.  

Confidentiality is a matter either of degree or the need to comply with the Data Protection Act:  a more economical option may be possible such as a limited certificate of disposal.  This is often provided free and specifies the disposal route of a particular consignment, generally to a named merchant who will bale and forward to a re-pulping mill for destruction.  The paper will pay more, and be more recyclable, if you can shred white paper separately from coloured paper, or thin cardboard files etc.  White paper can of course be re-made into white paper.

Many companies and organisations offer a confidential shredding service - if some or all of your paper really must be shredded, try to choose a service based locally.

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Alphabetical list of organisations

Bolton Bros

Tel 01473 830056
Station Works, Claydon, IPSWICH, Suffolk IP6

Shredding and recycling of confidential papers.


BPB Recycling United Kingdom

Tel 01268 591300 Fax 01268 591303  Email paul.read@bpb.com 
Hovefields Avenue, Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, BASILDON, Essex SS1 1ED

British Plasterboard Industries subsidiary company. Major paper merchant purchasing particularly low and mixed grades, cardboard, and confidential security shredding. Accept directories but not Yellow Pages. Other depots include: 11 Twelvetrees Crescent, Bromley by Bow, London E3 3JZ, Tel 0207 987 3841, Fax 0207 515 6630). Head office Bolton. (updated Jan 2001)


Burns and Sons
Tel 0207 739 6270
16-22 Bacon Street, Shoreditch, LONDON E1 6LF
Contact: Carol Burns

Waste paper collection and recycling. Confidential data destruction. Purchase of surplus office equipment. (Updated Jan 2001)


Capital Security Shredding
Tel 0207 283 1515 Fax 0207 929 2880
78 Cannon Street, LONDON EC4

Confidential waste. IT equipment and branded goods destruction. Same day certificate of destruction. All materials recycled. Bags and bins supplied.


Charles Storer Ltd
Tel 01707 656261  Fax 01707 652919  Email chasstorer@freeuk.com 
Coopers Lane, Northaw, POTTERS BAR, Herts EN6 4NE

Confidential waste disposal service and waste paper merchant. Free collection of all grades (except cardboard) in South Herts area subject to minimum economic quantity. (Updated Feb 2001


CL Shredders

Tel 01235 765494 Fax 01235 765474
Unit 2, Station Yard, Grove, WANTAGE, Oxon OX12 0DH

Sale, service and repair of document shredding machines.


Cleanaway Ltd
Freephone 0800 801764 Tel 01705 215765 Fax 01705 215369
Recycling Division, Walton Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, HANTS PO6 1UJ

Integrated company with over 60 UK sites. Portsmouth is the head office for recycling and confidential data service. 100% of the end product is recycled. Other paper recycling depots at Blackfriars, Croydon and Bristol.


Data Disposal and Destruction

Tel 0208 556 5608 Freephone 0800 212527 Fax 0208 558 9230
Security Centre, Osier Way, Leyton, LONDON E10 5SB

On site or in house destruction and recycling of documents; computer disks; magnetic tapes and cartridges; microfilm/fiche; counterfeit and reject products; credit cards. Supplier of shredding machines and disintegrators.


Data Security Ltd

Fax 01494 870010
PO Box 1303, Stafferton Way, MAIDENHEAD, Berks SL6 1AY

Confidential document destruction.


Data Shred Ltd

Tel 0207 473 0201 Fax 0207 476 2548
Unit B, Corporation Wharf, Bradfield Road, Silver Town, LONDON E16 2AX

Confidential waste destruction and recycling.


Delta Castle Security Services Co Ltd

Tel 0208 422 8977 Fax 0208 423 3498
39 Sherwood Avenue, GREENFORD, Middx UB6 0PG

Confidential waste collection and disposal.


Edgware Waste Paper

Tel / Fax 0208 906 0984 Mobile 0850 125058
41 Montrose Avenue, EDGWARE, Middx HA8 0DY

Purchaser of computer and printout paper, and printer waste. Confidential document shredding. Cardboard collection. (Updated Feb 2001)


Essex Reclamation Ltd
Tel 01376 503773  Fax 01376 503711
Email info@essexreclamation.com  Website www.essexreclamation.com   
7 Perry Road, WITHAM, Essex CM8 3UD

Family-run waste paper and cardboard merchant and processor.  Confidential document shredding.  Advice on recycling schemes.  Can provide containers for packaging waste.  Operates in Essex and surrounding areas.   (Updated Aug 2005)


Forest Recycling Project

Tel 0208 539 3856
Website www.frponline.org.uk  Email info@frponline.org.uk 
2C Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow, LONDON E17 9AW
Contact: Mark Webster or Charlotte Walker

Not-for-profit community business established 1989, work ing in London Borough of Waltham Forest and surrounding areas.  Offices: Collects office paper and confidential waste for recycling; also redundant computers ReUse-IT@FRP , toner cartridges, cans, foil and plastic cups.  Promotes good practice, and offers environmental audits, in offices and service industries.   Sells recycled goods such as papers, office stationery and fair trade tea and coffee.  Forest Collects is a free collection, mainly for elderly and disabled people, of household items.  Free collection (from FRP premises Tue -Fri 10 to 4) and redistribution of unwanted paint, under Community Re>Paint scheme.  Organises 'Give and Take days' offering free exchange of furniture and household goods - see Give and Take, WasteBook section 120:  www.giveortake.org .  (Updated Aug 2005)


G & C Waste Paper Co Ltd

Tel 0208 804 6764  Fax 0208 804 6764 / 01279 843926  Mobile 0860 724126
78A South Street, ENFIELD, Middx EN3 4LW

Commercial collection of all types of paper and cardboard, subject to minimum economic quantity - East London, Herts and Essex. Confidential document shredding. Skips, cages and wheeled bins supplied. (Updated Feb 2001)


G & M Waste Paper Recycling

Tel 0208 551 8731 Fax 0208 550 0720
Unit B, Highview House, Grasmere Gardens, Redbridge, ILFORD IG4 5EP

Document security shredding and recycling.


Goldmark Shredding Ltd

Tel 01296 613368
Lowlands, Marsh Lane, Bishopstone, AYLESBURY, Bucks

Shredding and office paper disposal.


Hays Office Services

Tel 01645 200345
Sutton Park House, 15 Carshalton Road, SUTTON, Surrey SM1 4LE

Confidential waste destruction and recycling if feasible. Regional branch network.


James Allen & Son
Tel 01582 720316  Fax 01582 877161
32 Sunridge Avenue, LUTON, Beds LU2 7JL

Waste paper merchant.  Regular collection of waste office paper.  Collection bags provided, and stands if required. Confidential shredding.  Toner and inkjet cartridges collected for recycling.  Archive clear-outs.  (Updated Oct 2004)


Karraway Waste Paper

Tel 0208 236 0108  Fax 0208 905 2400
Email info@karraway.co.uk  Website www.karraway.co.uk 
1 Folly Close, RADLETT, Herts WD7 8DR

Purchaser of all types of waste paper. Confidential document destruction service by shredding or incineration. Collection of toner cartridges for remanufacture and fluorescent tubes for recycling.  (Updated Feb 2001).


Keltonstone Recycling Ltd
Tel 01582 572431  Fax 01582 572441
www.keltonstone.co.uk  Email customercare@keltonstone.co.uk or davidsmith@keltonstone.co.uk 
673-675 Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 0DS 

Collects office paper and newspaper for recycling without charge (reasonable quantity) within south-east England.  Also provides confidential shredding, and computer media destruction - tapes, disks, PCs.  Office paper bins provided.  Sack and seals if required for confidential documents.  Makes dust-free bedding - about 4-5000  20k bales a month - for racehorses; and packaging from shredded paper.  Horse bedding bales from 2.75 + VAT - free delivery for over 50 bales.  Also factory in London.  Friendly service.  (Updated Oct 2004)


Lombard Environmental Services Ltd

Tel 01344 412465 Fax 01344 412470
Email lombard@mcmail.com  Website www.lombard.uk.com 
Unit 13, Longshot Lane, BRACKNELL, Berks RG12 1RL
Contact: Joe Robinson

Confidential data destruction. All paper recycled. Also offer service of eradicating computer hard disks before donating to charities.  (updated Feb 2001)


London Recycling Ltd

Tel 0207 511 8000  Fax 0207 511 3785
Unit 4D, North Crescent, Cody Road, Canning Town, LONDON E16 4TG
Website www.london-recycling.com   Email  recycle@london.recycling.co.uk 

Confidential data destruction - paper and non-paper products, cardboard (flattened - cages or wheelie bins provided).  Security sacks, bins, containers provided.  Collection and purchase of drink cans, glass, foil, segregated grades of waste paper, toner cartridges for remanufacture (minimum 10), fluorescent tubes, vending cups, CDs, pallets.  Collection mainly within M25 area.  (Updated Aug 2005)


MM Recycling UK Ltd

Tel 0118 956 1777  Fax 0118 956 1555 
Cardiff Road, READING RG1 8PQ

Security shredding and confidential waste destruction. Other branches handle general waste paper recycling: Enstone, Oxon; Swindon; Birmingham; and Head Office/sales at Nottingham. (Updated Jan 2001)


New Leaf Recycling Ltd
Tel 0208 944 6866 Fax 0208 944 9644
Email mail@newleaf-uk.com  Website www.newleaf-uk.com  
Office 4, 88 Bushey Road, Raynes Park, LONDON SW20 0JH

Confidential waste collection from south-west London within M25 - any type of paper or quantity. Tough, specially marked sacks (60cm by 90cm) supplied, with security tags, to ensure safe handling of confidential documents.  Plastic or metal (excluding paperclips and staples) should be taken out. Sacks containing plastic or metal can be shredded but will be charged at a slightly higher rate.  Rate 3.90 plus vat per sack, minimum order 19.50 plus vat. Large quantities can be charged by weight.  Recycling bins and containers available for office paper recycling.  Electronic equipment and toner cartridges also recycled.  (Updated Feb 2002)


Paper Planet 
see Pearce Recycling


Paper Round

Tel 020 7620 3131  Fax 020 7 247 8777
Website www.paper-round.co.uk 
Room 428, The London Fruit & Wool Exchange, Brushfield Street, Bishopsgate, LONDON E1 6EL

Largest London office paper recycling company, initiated in 1989 as part of Friends of the Earth.  Its recycling customers over 14 years have saved the equivalent of 250,000 trees.  Non-profit organisation Recycle all types of office paper (white and colour should be separated - useful info on website), and security shredding service (security sacks available).  Small charge for mixed and shredded paper.  Free collection of (minimum 10) laser printer & ink-jet toner cartridges (not photocopier toner bottles).  Minimum 6 sacks or 10 A4 photocopier boxes full of paper.  Glass, drinks cans & plastic bottles collected.  Surplus brochures & office clear-outs.  Free advice on office recycling - guide to bins and storage on website; cardboard or plastic recycling bins can be supplied.  Membership fee subject to paper prices.  Annual donations to Friends of the Earth and other environmental good causes. Newsletter has information on paper recycling and topical environmental issues.  (Updated May 2005)


Pearce Recycling Co Ltd

Tel 01727 861522  Fax 01727 846428
Email enquiries@pearce-recycling.co.uk  Website www.pearce-recycling.co.uk 
Pearce House, Acrewood Way, St Albans, Herts AL4 0JY

National waste paper merchant - collects and receives all grades of paper and cardboard.  Office materials recycling: Paper Planet is part of Pearce, Tel 0345 732723, www.paperplanet-recycling.co.uk  Email info@paperplanet-recycling.co.uk - advice pack and containers provided.  Paper, toner cartridges, plastic cups and aluminum cans collected.  For every 50 sacks collected, a tree can be planted. Domestic and municipal recycling.  Cages, bins, skips, compactors and balers available.  Collection from 650 charities.  Operates over 1250 paperbanks on behalf of Aylesford Newsprint.  Collection area North London to Corby, Harlow to Oxford.  Security Destruction Centre in Luton, Beds, can destroy a vast range of materials, eg paper, plastic, audio/video tapes and discs, electronic components, computer software and hardware, non-conforming stock, sweets, clothing, cigarettes.  Policy is to minimise waste, energy and resource consumption.  Also site at Newton Longville (Milton Keynes), Tel 01908 501181.  (Updated Oct 2004)


Recycle Force Ltd 
Tel 01536 790007  Fax 01536 799132  Mobile 07835211829 
Email sales@recycleforce.co.uk 
23 Symonds Way, MAWSLEY, Northants NN14 1GW 
Contact  Rob Kirk

Container-based or loose collection and recycling services for confidential and other waste (from card, paper, plastics, to fluorescent lamps, hazardous), any quantity.  Confidential waste is shredded and taken to be immediately destroyed at a licensed recycling centre.  Various "Proofs of Shredding" available, including video.  Certificate of destruction issued for customer records, entire process documented and waste transfer notes issued.  Independent help and advice for disposal, to government guidelines.  Non-obligatory quotations, and waste management guidance.  Fully licensed recycling facilities used for all waste.  'More materials are recognised every year by the Environment Agency as 'special' or 'hazardous';  it is important they are identified and dealt with properly on reaching end of original life.'  Baled waste:  collection which does not need skips or containers, for cardboard, paper, plastics, etc - two services:   1) for small-medium businesses with little storage, collects any size and quantity bales of recyclable materials, both "one off" or regular collections of one bale or more (NB 'many waste companies only collect quantities exceeding 5000kg');   2) large volume bale collection, loaded at premises onto curtain sided trailer, taken for recycling.  A trailer can be placed on site for loading when waste is baled.  Compactors, balers, containers and other waste handling equipment provided, to requirements.  For lamps of all types, including fluorescent and sodium, purpose built containers are available for storage on premises, exchanged when full, or clients can use own storage.  Aims to reduce landfill charges, enable clients to comply with current legislation, help preserve and improve our environment, and provide best possible advice and guidance.  Attempts to constantly source new avenues of recycling as uses are being found for more and more materials after their first intended life.  (Updated Nov 2005)


Reliance Security Shredding Ltd

Tel 0207 261 9162
2+3 Great Suffolk Street, Industrial Estate, LONDON SE1 0UH

Confidential document shredding and recycling.  Quality audited certificate of destruction.  Registered company.  


Robert Hough Ltd
Tel 0207 987 5632 Fax 0207 537 2838
50-52 Thomas Road, LONDON E14 7BJ
E-mail enquiries@robert-hough.u-net.com  Website www.robert-hough.u-net.com 

Confidential document destruction and recycling. Collection, purchase where appropriate. Recycling of all types of office, printers waste and pulp. Buyers of job lots of paper.  (Updated Feb 2001)


Salter Paper Group Ltd
Tel 0208 691 5811 Fax 0208 692 9674
Thanet House, Copperas Street, LONDON SE8 3DA
E-mail spg@btconnect.com  Website www.securityshredding.co.uk 

Waste paper merchant and exporter, facility management, reclamation and security shredding. Owns  Security Shredding Ltd and Waste Paper Products.  Also a depot at Rainsborough Avenue, Deptford, London SE8 5RW, Tel 0207 231 8444, Fax 0208 692 9674.


SCA Recycling UK Ltd
Tel 0208 858 5022 Fax 0208 853 5438
London Regional Office, Maybank Wharf, Herringham Road, Charlton, LONDON SE7 8NW

Major waste paper merchant and processor. Confidential waste disposal, and collection of all grades of paper and cardboard subject to minimum economic quantity. Head Office: 543 New Hythe Lane, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7PE, Tel 01622 883000, Fax 01622 790905. Eastern Regional Office: 9-11 Mercer Row, Garlic Row Industrial Estate, Cambridge CB5 8HY, Tel 01223 355691, Fax 01223 355019.


Security Shredding Ltd
Tel 0208 691 5811 Fax 0208 692 9674
Email spg@btconnect.com  Website www.securityshredding.co.uk 
Thanet House, Copperas Street, LONDON SE8 3DA

Confidential waste disposal.  Part of Salter Paper Group, which also owns Waste Paper Products, see separate entries for both.


Select Environmental Services

Tel 0118 988 7000
Unit 36, The Manor, Brookers Hill, Shinfield, READING, Berks RG2 9BX

Clinical and pharmaceutical waste disposal contractor. Also confidential data destruction, office and commercial waste clearance.


Severnside Waste Paper

Tel 0208 803 4194 / 4196  Fax 0208 807 8841
29 Stacey Avenue, Montagu Road Industrial Estate, Edmonton, LONDON N18 3PP
Email enquire@recyclesevernsd.demon.co.uk Website www.severnside.com   

Waste paper merchant subsidiary of major paper mill, St Regis Paper Company (see separate entry).  Confidential waste disposal service.  Collection nationwide of all grades of paper and cardboard, and industrial plastic films, in quantity.  Also at Mill Lane, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 0AF, Tel 01628 639741, Fax 01628 771432;  Croydon, Surrey;  Ashford, Kent; and Gosport, Hants.  Head Office: The Pines, Heol-y-Forlan, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1AX, Tel 02920 615871, Fax 02920 611199. (Updated Jan 2001)


Shredding.com

Tel 01268 727228  Fax 01268 727147
Email shreddinguk@aol.com  Website www.shreddinguk.com 
Units 6-10, Harvey Close, Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, BASILDON, Essex SS13 1EY

Confidential waste paper recycling plant and recycled paper sales. (Updated Feb 2001)


Shred-it 
Tel 0800 028 1164 / London office 0208 232 6333  Fax 0208 232 6359
Website www.shred-it.com  
Unit 14 Shield Drive, BRENTFORD, Middlesex TW8 9EX

Multinational company shredding, recycling; also storage.  On-site document destruction.  Claims to save 9 million trees each year.  130 branches in 5 continents; head office in Canada.  (Updated Nov 2005)


Shred-Safe Ltd

Tel 01480 880088 Fax 01480 880044
Unit 219, Whitehall Farm, , Croxton, ST NEOTS, Cambs PE19 4SS

Confidential on site paper shredding and recycling. Safe disposal of computer disks, microfiche, tapes etc.


Shreddit Security Shredders

Tel 01206 272661
Boxted Hall, Boxted, COLCHESTER, Essex CO4 5TJ

Sale, and purchase, repair and hire, of new and used paper shredding machines.


Southern Shredding Ltd

Tel 0118 956 1777 Fax 0118 956 1555
128 Cardiff Road, READING, Berks RG1

All types of confidential waste destruction.


Suffolk Shredding

Tel 01473 785832 Fax 01473 785822
Tuddenham Hall, Tuddenham, IPSWICH, Suffolk IP6 9DD

Shredding and recycling of confidential papers.


TDS Safeguard

Tel 0208 203 5127 Fax 0208 203 6232
59 Finchley Lane, LONDON NW4 1BJ

Security shredding of confidential data. Purchaser of waste paper and laser toner cartridges. 


Thompson A J

Tel / Fax 01638 664517
Studlands Park Industrial Estate, Exning Road, NEWMARKET, Suffolk CB8 7AR

Waste paper merchant.  Confidential waste disposal service.  Free collection of all grades (except cardboard) with in 50 mile radius of Newmarket, subject to minimum economic quantity - half tonne or 40 boxes. (Updated Feb 2001)


Waste Paper Products

Tel 0208 691 5811 Fax 0208 692 9674
Thanet House, Copperas Street, LONDON SE8 3DA
email spg@btconnect.com  Website www.securityshredding.co.uk

Processing of all grades of waste paper, including security shredding.  Division of Salter Paper Group which also owns Security Shredding Ltd, see separate entries for both.  Depot at Rainsborough Avenue, Deptford, London SE8 5RW, Tel 0207 231 8444, Fax 0208 692 9674.


West T, Electrical

Tel 01234 852371
80 Singer Way, Kempston, BEDFORD MK42 7PO

Sale of document shredding machines. Maintenance and repair.


Woodside Recycling

Tel 0118 983 4327 Fax 0118 983 1469
Email wsrecycling@aol.com 
Woodside Farm, Goodboys Lane, Grazeley, READING, Berks RG7 1ND

Waste paper merchant. Print and confidential waste specialist. (Updated Feb 2001)


YBM Ltd

Freephone 0800 525199 Fax 01488 72895
Unit 2F, Lowesden Works, HUNGERFORD, Berks RG17 7RU

Sale of document shredding machines.