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Local Initiatives to Turn Plastics into Patio Furniture

In July 2017, China stopped accepting shipments of waste film plastic, creating a significant problem for Nova Scotia municipalities and recycling companies. While attempting to find new markets, the stockpile...

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The PIPEDA Act & How We Can Help You Protect Your Company

The PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) now mandates proper and secure document destruction. Almost every industry and/or business handles sensitive information via documentation that needs to be...

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CASE STUDY

A Custom Recycling Solution for a Large Distribution Center

By assessing the current recycling system at a large distribution center and identifying inefficiencies, Scotia Recycling was able to implement a custom recycling solution that was easy to execute and cost effective.

CASE STUDY

A Secure Shredding Solution for Healthcare

After completing a thorough assessment of a large healthcare facility's shredding practices and identifying several inefficiencies, Scotia Security Shredding developed a secure shredding solution that allows staff at the facility to focus their time on more valuable tasks.

Recycling FAQs

Why Should You Recycle?

Aside from the obvious reason – helping the environment – there are many benefits associated with recycling for businesses, individuals, and organizations.

Businesses:

Having a recycling plan in place will do more than just boost your company image! It will help you to attract and retain key talent, and will also impress your current and prospective clients or customers. As large companies increasingly put more pressure on their suppliers to comply with environmental standards, having a proper recycling plan in place will be a strong asset.

Individuals:

It is possible to do your part to help the environment – without sacrificing convenience! Small steps, such as choosing to visit one of our Green Depots in Newfoundland, helps you to live sustainably while making a little extra money! Benefits of choosing to recycle include the knowledge that you are sending less trash to landfills, helping to conserve natural resources, and more.

Why Should You Outsource Your Recycling?

Implementing, managing, and maintaining a strong recycling program is easier said than done. Ideal recycling solutions require strategic planning, proper equipment, and coordination with stakeholders. When you outsource your recycling, you are able to focus on what truly matters – your business – while you leave the recycling to the experts. Benefits of outsourcing your recycling to Scotia Recycling include:

  • We are able to work with you to create a unique recycling solution that is simple and easy to execute.
  • We offer flexible scheduling – coming to your location or business when it is convenient for you and your employees.
  • We are able to provide integrated recycling services for clients with a variety of needs.
  • We can create recycling packages for large businesses or corporations that have multiple locations.
  • We reduce your liability by ensuring you are in compliance with recycling laws and regulations.
  • We are able to hold staff orientation meetings that help your staff understand the recycling process moving forward.

How Do You Prepare Containers for Green Depots?

If you plan on visiting a Scotia Recycling Green Depot in Newfoundland, there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your containers.

  1. Do not remove the labels.
  2. Do not crush cans.
  3. Remove caps, straws, and other garbage.
  4. Empty all the liquid from each container and rinse them out.
  5. Ensure bottles are not broken.

Learn more about preparing your containers.

How Do You Sort Your Waste?

Waste management services differ depending on the province you reside in. Here are the basic instructions for recycling in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

Remember – all materials must be emptied, rinsed, and wiped before being placed in a transparent blue bag!

Nova Scotia

Contact your municipality or local Solid Waste Commission for recycling details:

http://divertns.ca/recycling/sorting-guide

New Brunswick

Contact your municipality or local Solid Waste Commission for recycling details:

https://recyclenb.com/regional-commission-programs

Newfoundland

Visit Rethink Waste to learn everything you need to know about managing waste in Newfoundland and Labrador: 

http://rethinkwastenl.ca/

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Contact your municipality or local Solid Waste Commission for recycling details:

https://www.iwmc.pe.ca/pdfs/2015IWMCPictureSortingGuide.pdf

What Fibre Products Do We Recycle?

We have the ability to recycle the following fibre products:

  • Old corrugated cartons (OCC)
  • Old newspaper (ONP)
  • Blank news (BN)
  • White ledger (WL)
  • Mixed office paper (MO)
  • High grade mix (HGM)
  • Shredded paper (SP)
  • Sorted office paper (SOP)
  • Double lined klippings (DLK)
  • Printers mix (PM)
  • Brewery stock (BREW)
  • Cores (CORES)

What Plastic Products Do We Recycle?

We have the ability to recycle the following plastic products:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  •  Natural or Colour High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Low Density Polyethylene - Clear (CF)
  • Low Density Polyethylene - Colour (CCF)
  • Low Density Polyethylene - Grocery Bag (GB)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • 1-7 Plastic (1-7 P)
  • Diaper Film (DF)
  • Nylon (NYL)
  • Gable Top (GABLE)
  • Tetra Pac (TETRA)

Shredding FAQs

Why Should You Shred?

Every Business has Sensitive Information

There is no location, industry, or organization that is safe from compromising sensitive information. Whether you have customer lists, price lists, and sales statistics that would interest a competitor, or personal information that could be traced to a patient or client, small and large businesses, institutions, and many independent professionals have information that must remain confidential.

Daily Trash Poses a Serious Risk

Without the proper safeguards, information often ends up in garbage bins where it is readily available to anyone. This information is especially useful to competitors because it contains the details of current activities. Discarded daily records include phone messages, memos, misprinted forms, drafts of bids, and drafts of correspondence.

All businesses suffer potential exposure due to the need to discard these business records. The only means of minimizing this exposure is to make sure information is securely collected and destroyed. Scotia Security Shredding is able to securely shred all your sensitive documents. This will help you or your company safely dispose of sensitive material, while freeing up employees to focus on more valuable tasks!

What is the Benefit of Regular Destruction

By destroying records according to a set schedule, a company limits potential security risks, eliminates liability concerns, and ensures that company information remains secret.

The period of time that confidential records are stored should be determined by a retention schedule that takes into consideration their useful value to the business, institution, or individual and the governing legal requirements. No record should be kept longer than this retention period.

By not adhering to a program of routinely destroying stored records, a company exhibits suspicious disposal practices that could be negatively construed in the event of litigation or audit. The PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) also now mandates proper and secure document destruction.

From a risk management perspective, the only acceptable method of discarding stored records is to destroy them by a method that ensures the information is obliterated. Documenting the exact date that a record is destroyed is a prudent and recommended legal precaution.

Why Should You Outsource Your Shredding?

In Office (The Problems)Out Sourced (Our Solutions)
Employees selectively decide what to shred and what not to shred, which could lead to the potential loss of information.Everything is shredded – preventing the loss of any information to the trash.
Documents are stored in boxes under desks and are often unsecured.Documents are stored in a free lockable shred bin.
Employees perform shredding activities and get distracted from job duties. This degrades morale and productivity.All hauling and shredding tasks are performed by our bonded technicians. This allows your staff to focus on what matters.
Employees without a "need to know" privilege may have access to confidential material about the organization, clients or other employees.Secure shred bins protect information from outsiders and unauthorized employees. Sensitive materials remain safe and secure until shredded.
Requires purchasing and installing a high-volume industrial shredder (a commercial grade shredder costs between $1,200 and $10,000). Don't forget about reordering supplies and performing monthly maintenance!Scotia Security Shredding provides and maintains state-of-the-art industrial shredders, so you don't have to. Never worry about ordering supplies, broken equipment, expensive repairs or utility costs again!
Requires disposal of messy shredded output, dealing with paper dust issues, and hauling heavy bags.Scotia Security Shredding destroys and removes all material, keeping your office clean and tidy.
The shredded paper is thrown away.Scotia Security Shredding recycles all shredded output.
You are unsure if it is done properly and securely.The proof is in the Certificate of Destruction – you have peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of.

It is also important to note that many commercial storage firms lack the equipment necessary to provide a shredding service, and therefore subcontract it out. As the owner responsible for the security of your company's information, you should select the vendor.

Who Should Shred?

Every company that has confidential information pertaining to customers, clients, patients, or suppliers is under obligation by law to ensure that any personal information is protected.

This information can be as simple as a name or telephone number, or as detailed as pertinent financial, contractual, medical, legal, or employment records. Regardless, by law all companies are mandated to destroy this information. Choosing not to do so increases potential liability to the holder of this information.

So, who should shred?

Large, medium and small businesses, independent professionals, and government organizations and institutions, including municipalities, school boards, hospitals, and universities looking to protect the privacy of their organization, their clients, and their customers.