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The Importance of E-Waste Recycling

You trust Shred On Site for your secure document destruction and paper shredding in Melbourne. However, we are also your trusted source for E-waste (electronic waste) recycling. Businesses in Melbourne look to Shred On Site to take care of their E-waste recycling in a responsible manner, and we pledge to…

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Privacy Awareness Week 2017

Secure document destruction and paper shredding expert Shred On Site is pleased to announce that we have signed on again as a partner for Privacy Awareness Week 2017. Shred On Site is your premier source for paper shredding, secure document destruction, and defence against identity theft in Melbourne. Privacy Awareness…

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The Rise of Document Theft

Document fraud, identity theft and cybercrime is quickly shaping to be the new criminal landscape, one in which the perception of being tracked and caught is different to more traditional, physical crimes. A lack of interaction between criminal and victim adds to the perception of document fraud being a ‘victimless…

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Excellent service. Arrived within an hour of our call and only took ten minutes to shred a large volume of documents. Cheap price for the service. Thank you.
Great service, timely quote and follow up. Arrived on time (5 minutes early) and completed the job quickly and without fuss.
Very good service! Booked in the day before and arrived when they said. I watched our documents getting shredded on the trucks viewing monitor. It's surprising how much will fit into a blue recycling bin so that kept my costs down.
Great service. Arrived when they said they would and made contact prior to arrival. The operator was professional and courteous and the whole process was exactly as described on the web site. Highly recommend them to anyone looking to bulk shred.
Shred on Site was very professional and their staff very pleasant and helpful . They arrived right on time and communicated ll the time.. I was very pleased with the outcome..
Very efficient and friendly service. I felt very confident that my confidential information was dealt with professionally. Highly recommend.
Excellent service! Prompt arrival, great communication and didn't charge extra even though the bin was overflowing! Highly recommended.
I found the organization to be totally professional in it's approach, with correspondence outlining the process and overall communication from the team. I would highly recommend the company to anyone who wishes to shred documents and/or equipment. A great experience. Anna
Incredible customer service, communication, timing and low cost from Andrew and team. Do not look anywhere else. They were able to accomodate all my requests for 20+ bins of drawing and office documents from the closure of an Architecture practice, including a van full of IT equipment. All booked, quoted and completed within the same week during the last week of Dec no less.
As a retired Marriage Celebrant, I had much personal information in relation to hundreds of former clients, which needed to be securely disposed destroyed. I didn't have enough to justify a truck coming to my house, so I took the documents to the Shred On Site office and met very helpful Joshua who organised their destruction. I definitely recommend this company, and will use their services again in the future.
As a retired Marriage Celebrant, I had much personal information in relation to hundreds of former clients, which needed to be securely disposed destroyed. I didn't have enough to justify a truck coming to my house, so I took the documents to the Shred On Site office and met very helpful Joshua who organised their destruction. I definitely recommend this company, and will use their services again in the future.
Great service! Shred on Site made the task of disposing of old files and paperwork super easy. I received a confirmation email with the time the driver would arrive and he arrived exactly on time Friendly and efficient service, highly recommend.
I could not recommend this service more highly! 8 years of tax returns, personal medical docs was weighing us down. Shred On Site were incredibly accommodating on dates and times and literally provide service at your front door. The price point was excellent also. Was like a Marie Kondo 'spark joy' moment. Thanks so much, Lisa & Steve
We were very happy with the Shred on Site Service. We had several boxes of material to be shredded. Mike arrived on time and cheerfully tipped everything in to a Shred on Site Bin and promptly wheeled it to his truck. The material was being shredded as Mike filled out his invoice and the job was paid for. Very Efficient service, I would without any hesitation use their service again. Thanks Mike for an excellent, positive experience.
Excellent service. Arrived on time. No need to sort paper , plastic or ring binders. All shredded while you watch. Great way to get rid of those old personal files
Service is exactly as advertised. Easy connection to set up an appointment. Appointment made next day with text reminder and call on approach - very helpful in getting boxes ready for destruction. Thought I only had 2 boxes - after the team members arrived, I realised I had 5 which was no problem for them to accomodate. Out of date but sensitive documentation which they handled and shredded appropriately. Cost was very reasonable, even with the unplanned extras. Service - both from the admin office and team members who arrived - was excellent. I will be using them again for future document shredding and their expanded service offering covering electronic waste, knowing that it will be handled sensitively and efficiently.
Service is exactly as advertised. Easy connection to set up an appointment. Appointment made next day with text reminder and call on approach - very helpful in getting boxes ready for destruction. Thought I only had 2 boxes - after the team members arrived, I realised I had 5 which was no problem for them to accomodate. Out of date but sensitive documentation which they handled and shredded appropriately. Cost was very reasonable, even with the unplanned extras. Service - both from the admin office and team members who arrived - was excellent. I will be using them again for future document shredding and their expanded service offering covering electronic waste, knowing that it will be handled sensitively and efficiently.
fabulous service. on time, helpful, courteous, efficient. gave us great peace of mind that all our parent's documents and floppy disks were securely destroyed. thank you so much
Great work. Turned up on time. Very pleasant. Good value.
Shred on site were brilliant. Efficient, very helpful and pleasant to deal with.They answered my email enquiry within the day by phone, I made an appointment time for the van to come to my home for the following week.It arrived on time with a pleasant driver. I watched my documents shredded. They also took away an old printer and phone fax. I highly recommend this service and will use it again.
Great service. 15 years of company accounts gone. I feel cleansed. The truck came. The bin was wheeled in, filled and then all my confidential files were eaten by the truck. Good riddance!!Thankyou ShredOnSite.
This is a great service. They kept me informed of the process, arrived on time and answered the questions I asked. I only had a few cartons but I was treated as if I was a large business. Thank you Shred on Site.
Great service, fast and assured. A fantastic way to deal with all those confidential documents you don't want to have to sort!
Shred on Site did an amazing job shredding 40 years of paperwork and cardboard after closing our drafting business. Great value for money.very efficient, fast and clean. Great for peace of mind. Thank you.
I have used this company both business and personal shredding. All times customer service was excellent and they were oh so helpful. I found the pricing reasonable and have been more than very satisfied with their procedures. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
come right to where the paperwork was boxed. destruction in front of me. Very quick and no mess at all. polite and professional
Great service, we used to use this company for our business shredding when we lived in Melbourne. We now live in a coastal town but were able to meet the truck on it's mobile rounds and have our shredding down in about 5 minutes! Extremely convenient, friendly and easy to organise.
This was so easy to arrange and communication with company was spot on. Everything was as promised. It was cheaper as a one off to take our documents to a site where they had a regular commitment. A quick call to say they would be there in 20 mins. and it was all done. Wouldn’t hesitate to use again or recommend.
Happy with prompt service. Arrived on time and professional. Highly recommended.

Why Choose Shred On Site?

We are a mobile document shredding & destruction company that specialises in shredding confidential documents on-site for total security and peace of mind. All shredded paper is 100% recycled. We provide one-off and regular services.

  • Shred at your Premises
  • Total Security and Peace of Mind
  • Privacy Law Compliant
  • 100% Recycled
  • Cost Effective

You trust Shred On Site for your secure document destruction and paper shredding in Melbourne. However, we are also your trusted source for E-waste (electronic waste) recycling. Businesses in Melbourne look to Shred On Site to take care of their E-waste recycling in a responsible manner, and we pledge to deliver.

importance of e-waste recycling

E-waste in Australia is increasing at a rate that is a staggering three times faster than general waste levels. Levels of discarded computers and televisions alone are expected to increase by 60 percent, up to 223,000 tonnes by the year 2023. This year, the Victorian Government will ban E-waste from landfill sites.

Proper E-Waste Disposal Crucial to the Environment, Personal Security

The significance and importance of proper electronic waste recycling cannot be overstated. Without it, the environmental impact can be devastating. E-waste from electronic devices such as computers, televisions, audio devices and related peripherals pose a great danger to the environment if not properly recycled or disposed.

e-Waste Disposal

However, another major consideration of E-waste disposal is the potential security risk posed to individuals and companies. Sensitive information is often kept on computers and other electronic devices, and it could be acquired from these devices without proper E-waste disposal.

The issue of E-waste is escalating rapidly, with the tremendous growth and proliferation of computers, tablets, smartphones and other electronics. With such affordable devices so widely available, end-of-life (EOL) electronics and E-waste is a greater area of concern than ever before.

Responsible E-Waste Handling Keeps Toxic Chemicals Out of the Environment

Many electronics devices contain precious metals like gold and copper, but they also contain toxic substances such as mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium and other heavy metals. They may also contain toxic flame retardants and other toxic chemicals. Because of this, proper processing is essential so that these harmful substances aren’t released into the environment.

IT Collect by Shred On Site is your full service E-waste removal and recycling service. We’ll do all the hard work and heavy lifting, from removal of your unwanted devices to disassembling for secure recycling and disposal.

Our E-waste recycling and removal service will assist you in complying with new E-waste recycling laws as well as contributing to a healthier, safer environment.

When you request our assistance with e-recycling, one of our accredited Customer Service Operator(s) will be sent to your location. They will then transport them securely to our recycling partner. They are one of Australia’s most experienced recycling companies supported by ISO9001, ISO14001 and certified to R2:2013 (Responsible Recycling) – the most stringent recycling certification available. With these processes, up to 95 percent of all materials will be recycled.

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Shred On Site will ensure your electronic waste is not resold for refurbishment. All E-waste items will be fully disassembled and the components sorted into appropriate recycling streams. Hard drives, memory chips, solid state drives, etc. will all be shredded, eliminating the risk that your data will be accessed by anyone. Batteries will be recycled in accordance with current environmental standards.

For responsible, compliant and secure E-waste recycling and disposal in Melbourne, you can count on Shred On Site. We are also your trusted source for paper shredding and secure document destruction in Melbourne. We assist both business clients and individuals. Give us a call to discuss your recycling needs. We look forward to assisting you.

Secure document destruction and paper shredding expert Shred On Site is pleased to announce that we have signed on again as a partner for Privacy Awareness Week 2017. Shred On Site is your premier source for paper shredding, secure document destruction, and defence against identity theft in Melbourne.

privacy awareness week 2017 Privacy Awareness Week 2017

At Least 75 Percent of Consumers More Concerned About Privacy Than Five Years Ago

Privacy Awareness Week took place 15 – 19 May. During this event, there was a release of the most up to date version of the Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey (ACAPS). This survey is aimed at maximising privacy protection efforts for both consumers and businesses all around Australia. The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner has made a presentation on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 consumers have issues about how their personal information has been handled by an enterprise, and 3 in 4 are more concerned about their personal privacy than they were 5 years ago.

Shred On Site was a Privacy Awareness Partner in 2016, and we are pleased to have contributed to raising awareness about privacy with Australian communities and consumers. We look forward to continuing these efforts in 2017 by contributing to the latest release of the Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey. This study is the longest running national privacy effort in Australia.

Promoting Trust and Transparency

Every year, Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) has a theme. This year, the focus will be, “Trust and Transparency.” This theme speaks to both consumer and community trust in organisations that handle personal information. The goal is that Australian enterprises always treat sensitive data with care and transparency throughout its life cycle.

At Shred On Site, we support the efforts of PAW in helping both consumers and businesses to find common ground about privacy rights and practices. PAW is the regulating office of Australia’s Privacy Act of 1988 and is dedicated to upholding the Act by providing related information and resources to both consumers and companies.

The Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey has been conducted since 2001, and it helps provide a snapshot of the views of Australians regarding:

  • The handling of personal information
  • Emerging privacy trends in public data, technology and big data
  • Governmental use of personal information
  • Data breach protocols
  • Notice and consent
  • Social media and oversharing
  • Secondary use of personal data
  • Identity theft

The goal is to gain a better understanding of how Australians feel about their most important privacy concerns. The data will help Australian businesses and government agencies to meet community expectations about data protection and privacy concerns.

The more upfront organisations are about their practices, the more informed the public can be in their choices. This in turn builds consumer and public confidence in both the private and public sector.

Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Choice

With ever-increasing amounts and uses of personal information, privacy is more prominent than ever in public consciousness. Privacy is ultimately about security, transparency, and choice, and it is vital to freedom of expression and decision-making.

If you wish, you can attend this year’s ACAPS event in person. Regardless, you can count on Shred On Site to add to its reputation this year as Australia’s biggest advocate for business security and protection against identity theft.

Shred On Site is the largest, most experienced, and longest-running onsite secure document destruction and paper shredding company in Victoria. We look forward to representing our clients again this year during Privacy Awareness Week.

Document fraud, identity theft and cybercrime is quickly shaping to be the new criminal landscape, one in which the perception of being tracked and caught is different to more traditional, physical crimes. A lack of interaction between criminal and victim adds to the perception of document fraud being a ‘victimless crime’ in which no physical property is stolen and no force used. Nothing could be further from the truth. In skilled criminal hands, the theft of a single valuable document can contain enough personal information to unlock a victim’s entire life. Email accounts can be accessed and changed, new lines of credit applied for and maxed out, phone SIM cards hijacked or erased, and vehicle details tampered with. These are far from ‘victimless’ crimes. The simple act of a document containing detailed personal information falling into the wrong hands can have devastating and far-reaching repercussions. Encased in this notion that document fraud is a ‘soft crime’ and that criminal elements are ahead of law enforcement in this new criminal frontier, greater numbers of criminals, both individuals and syndicates, are expanding their reach, making the task of securing your documented life more important than ever. After a time lurking in the shadows, the subject of document theft and its related crimes have been firmly thrust into the media spotlight over the past year. It is important to understand how simple the process is from when everyday documents are stolen to having serious damage done to your digital identity. Shredding documents once they are no longer required should be a basic step for securing personal information for anyone serious about securing their identity.

Fraud in the Media One recent case in Sydney involved the use of stolen passports. A 24-year old man was arrested after using altered Australian and Indonesian passports to withdraw money from several bank accounts over the course of one day. The amount he managed to withdraw was a staggering $300,000. The head of the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said that the man was a member of a larger syndicate specialising in document fraud. He said his squad and other elements of law enforcement were dedicated to stopping the rising tide of identity crime. “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement colleagues to combat this type of activity and reduce financial and emotional distress to individuals.” Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis was also part of a joint task force that smashed an international identity-theft ring accused of making thousands of fake driver’s licences to fraudulently obtain loans and credit cards and paying for domestic flights. The task force was alerted to the presence of the gang after detecting a package from China containing 5000 fake NSW driver’s licence holograms. The fake licences were used to obtain Medicare and credit cards before money was stolen from financial institutions. Once the syndicate was arrested, police found 60 mobile phones, computers, and a wealth of identity fraud documents including pay slips, bank statements, fake identity paperwork and card making templates. Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said, “Identity theft posed the greatest threat to law enforcement in the 21st century and had key links to people-smuggling and money laundering.”

Devastating Consequences While it’s easy to be distracted by the glamour of large law enforcement taskforces breaking up international crime syndicates, it’s easy to forget that many identity theft cases affect individuals who have had a single document stolen. Many identity theft victims don’t realise something is wrong until it is too late. This was the case for Paula Mills from Sydney who was a victim of the rising trend of mail theft from apartment buildings. Victims are often left in shock and confusion that the simple theft of mail can result in a ruined credit history and years of struggle to rebuild their identity. Paula didn’t realise there was a problem until her mobile phone lost its signal. Upon speaking to Optus it was discovered a man had obtained a new SIM, locking her out of her account in the process. Once she had regained control of her phone, a second person then accessed her phone once more, this time simply by calling Optus and passing a simple identity check. Then events took a turn for the worse. Paula began receiving text messages providing bank pin numbers for transaction authorisations. She did the right thing, contacting her bank who became frustratingly slow to respond. In the three days, it took for her bank to suspend her account, $18,000 had been withdrawn from her savings. Optus claimed the man who altered her SIM details provided the necessary identity authorisation to meet their criteria, opening up the possibility that the perpetrator had accessed personal details from other areas of her life. Many details required for over the phone identity checks can be found on a phone bill, and a person’s date of birth is readily available on a Facebook page. Pia Cunningham from Strata Title Management said mail theft complaints from apartment blocks had risen four-fold in the past two years. Neil Mitchelhill, a former director at Crime Stoppers NSW said basic security measures went a long way to protecting your identity. He cited lockable mailboxes, a lockbox for storing valuable documents such as passports and shredding documents to prevent theft as the cornerstones of identity theft prevention. Mr Mitchelhill said, “Once your identity has been stolen it’s next to impossible to get it back. It will impact the possibility of buying a home or starting a business because how can you prove the difference between yourself and someone else?” “Victims of identity theft can struggle for years,” he said, “and many don’t fully recover from the implications to their credit history.” So with document fraud and identity theft becoming the new battleground for law enforcement agencies, the message is clear. Taking precautions such as shredding documents and securing valuable documents in a home safe are fundamental to protecting your identity and avoiding potentially irreparable damage to your personal finances.

Sources http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-19/man-in-sydney-charged-with-using-fraudulent-passport/7944926 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/police-smash-international-identitytheft-ring-20150226-13pce7.html http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/banking/mail-theft-leaves-sydney-woman-struggling-to-get-her-life-back/news-story/2cafb26852f98f92910ccee1f3a8e2d6