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3 Good Trash & Privacy Practices for Business Owners

by Marie Cox

Most business owners look at security as something that involves things like surveillance systems, alarms, and even internet software. However, security threats can also come in the form of people getting their hands on sensitive data from the waste and trash that leaves your facility on a daily basis. As a responsible business owner, it is highly important to understand the risks and the potential of data being stolen from the trash bin.

Here is a look at a few things you should do to protect information that could be reaped from what your business throws away every day. 

Invest in an industrial shredder to break down sensitive materials. 

Before your waste ever makes it into a dumpster, you can take important steps to protect the privacy of your business and your business customers. One of the most important things you can do is to invest in a good shredder that is designed for industrial or commercial use. These shredders don't really cost all that much, but they are capable of breaking down everything from paper documents to digital data that is kept on a CD. By shredding these items before disposal in a receptacle, you are far less likely to ever face problems with information theft as a business owner. 

Keep your rented dumpster as secure as possible. 

If you keep a rented dumpster on your business property, it should be kept in a secure location outside of public view. An open-access dumpster is an open invitation to thieves looking to reap sensitive data for criminal purposes. If you do not have a specific enclosure for the dumpster that can be locked, talk to the waste management company about adding a lock to the unit or getting a company-approved lock from them. Most local dumpster rental services will come with the option of a lockable lid. 

Find out what privacy measures your waste management company uses. 

Believe it or not, waste management companies take the privacy of their customers very seriously. Since waste is handled secondhand on their premises, it is a good idea to reach out to the company and find out what their policies are for keeping sensitive materials safe. For example, it is good to know that employees of the company are well-vetted before they handle your waste, what happens to things like electronic waste, and how the waste is disposed of in the final processes.