Did You Know That Paper Shredding Is Environmentally Friendly?

The paper Legal Shred collects and shreds is recycled into useful paper products.

While we are in the business of identity protection, Legal Shred’s paper shredding services do more than just offer security. Did you know that paper shredding is a great way to protect the environment, too?

We use a system that is environmentally friendly so that all shredded material is recycled. Our shredded paper is recycled into other paper products, such as paper towels and toilet paper. This process allows for your destroyed paper to be used again instead of ending up as unusable trash.

93 percent of paper comes from trees, and 50 percent of waste from businesses is paper waste. In the U.S., offices use 12.1 trillion sheets of paper per year. In our landfills, paper accounts for 25 percent of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, when you throw just one piece of paper into the trash bin, that piece of paper becomes approximately 33% of the municipal solid waste stream (MSW), making it the largest portion of MSW. Imagine how quickly this adds up when you consider the average work office. The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year. By shredding and recycling that paper, it goes a long way in saving our environment.

Deforestation is the most direct impact of our reliance on paper. It is estimated that by 2020, paper mills will be producing 500,000,000 tons of paper and paperboard each year. By recycling the shredded paper, we can prevent destroying our forests. We need to protect the earth, trees, and the atmosphere.

With the ever-increasing threat of identity theft, shredding documents with sensitive and confidential personal or business information is a sensible and prudent step for every organization to take. Turning it into another usable product is one of many additional benefits to document destruction.

Where do you stand with the old file boxes taking up storage space in your office? Do you need to destroy them or do you need to recycle them? With Legal Shred, you get the best of both worlds. By utilizing our safe and secure document destruction services, you are supporting the environment as a model citizen without compromising the confidentiality and security of your customers and staff.

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