To shred, or not to shred?

Under UK law, businesses of all sizes must handle sensitive data in a responsible way. As part of this law, all unwanted confidential documentation must be destroyed without any risk of data breach. But what to shred? Our handy guide let’s you know what should be shredded and what must be disposed of in other ways.

What to shred?

Most businesses generate a fair amount of paperwork throughout the course of an average month. The specifics will, of course, depend on the type of business you are in, but in general anything which contains information about an individual or a company may well be of interest to an identity thief.
Protect your employees, patients, customers, suppliers and your business by disposing of the following in a safe and secure way:

HR Documentation

  • Employment applications
  • CVs
  • Payroll documentation
  • Performance review records
  • Disciplinary records
  • Medical information
  • Training analysis documentation
  • Employee contracts
  • Employee correspondence
Client Documentation
  • Client contracts
  • Payment information including bank details
  • Invoices
  • Payment schedules
  • Client lists
  • Client proposals and correspondence
  • Legal documentation
  • Client passwords or sensitive data

Business Development Documentation

  • Company proposals
  • Product development
  • Research information
  • Specification drawings
  • Strategy documentation
  • Meeting minutes
  • Training information
  • Internal reports and correspondence
  • Supplier information
  • Purchase orders
  • Budget data


  • Print-outs of emails
  • Desk memos
  • Telephone messages
  • Old diary pages
  • Meeting notes

What not to shred?

We can only shred paper items. Please do not include any of the following in your secure console:

  • Metal items
  • Sharp objects
  • Batteries
  • Toner cartridges
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Food
  • Pressurised containers
  • Glassware

All waste paper collected by Simply Shred will be securely shredded and then recycled. Each cabinet you fill saves half a tree, so your contribution can really make a difference. Contact Simply Shred today on 0800 234 6622 to find out more.