Sita UK has launched a confidential shredding service that turns paper into tissue, in partnership with hygiene and paper company SCA Hygiene Products.
As part of the service confidential documents are collected and reduced to shredded paper and sent for recycling to SCA’s UK mill based in Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Collection and shredding are done in compliance with current legislation and standards (EN15713 and BS7858), according to Sita.
The shredded paper is processed to produce tissue, which is then converted into hygiene paper products part of SCA’s brand Tork. The products can be used in washrooms, office buildings, food services, industrial facilities and healthcare organisations.
The system was created following feedback from customers wanting a “practical way to demonstrate environmental improvements that they are making”, according to Sita.
Jerome Mingaz, head of secure shredding at Sita UK said that the ‘shred-to-tissue’ service is an example of the circular economy in action.
“This scheme represents the circular economy in its simplest terms, taking something you consider as waste at the end of its life and turning it into a tangible end-product which you can use,” he said.
The benefits of moving to a circular economy have been highlighted in a recent report published by the Environmental Services Association. Lord de Mauley also expressed Government support for a circular economy in his keynote speech at the CIWM conference on 11 June.