The World of Confidential Shredding (Part Two)

A look into how confidential shredding works in practice… Why is it important to talk about the “how”? In our last article, we explained…

The World of Confidential Shredding (Part One)

A look into what confidential shredding is, who should be doing it and why…  What is confidential shredding? These days, we live in a…

8 reasons why responsible recycling is good for business

By now, we all know that recycling is good for the environment – it conserves natural resources, protects ecosystems, wildlife and our own health,…

The Resource Revolution: What it is and why we should care

With floods and heavy rains quadrupling since 1980, wildlife populations dropping by 60% in 40 years, and carbon dioxide levels at a 3 million…

How to turn litter on a beach into endless cups of tea

In the summer, UK beaches are like magnets, attracting people from far and wide, with the lure of fish and chips, ice creams and…

How to spring clean your way to a more secure workplace

When us Brits talk about spring cleaning, we’re usually referring to sorting out our homes. But, actually, there’s good argument for having a spring…

5 easy ways to improve your office recycling rates

With the end of the financial year upon us, this is often a good time for businesses to look back at the year just…

March Update: The Green Newspaper

With flowers budding and animals being born, spring is a time of new beginnings. So, we wanted to embrace this and add a little…

Why Waste-to-Energy is good for business and the environment

For most people at the moment, Waste-to-Energy is one of those things they hear bandied around, but they don’t really know what it is.…

5 ways to be as green as the tree this Christmas

From scoffing mince pies to wrapping endless presents, Christmas, for many, is a time of excess. And we wouldn’t want it any other way…

Spreading the feel-good factor this Christmas

I have been a working man for almost 45 years and spent most of my career in sales. Selling can be the most rewarding…

What do triangles and waste have in common?

From Don Robins’ favourite chocolate (Toblerone) to the Pyramids of Giza, there are some pretty well-known triangles out there. But, for this month’s Education…

3 ways shredding keeps us and our planet healthy

Generally, when people think about shredding, they think about it from a security point of view. And that makes sense, because shredding ensures documents…

Video: Why only certain plastics can be recycled – explained

It’s been quite a busy couple of weeks here at Printwaste HQ especially for our Sales Director, Geoff Quayle. Caught in the media fire…

The real nightmare of Halloween

It’s that time of year again; pumpkins are back in fashion, apple bobbing has returned to the party scene, and we’re all handing out…

5 items coming back to haunt you this Halloween (in a good way!)

At Halloween, as the sun goes down and night draws in, us humans transform into everything and anything, from ghosts to ghouls, witches to…

The case of the abandoned school…

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Coln House School Coln House School was a special, state-funded junior and senior school, based…

How many of these documents do you shred?

Somewhere, in the back of our minds, we all know there are certain documents we shouldn’t just chuck in the bin. And we’ve all…

Two factors that can help boost your company’s recycling rate

Despite an increased awareness about recycling and a definite shift in attitude towards it, many UK businesses still don’t know what they should be…

An inside view into our Operations department

You may have spotted one of our vans around town or noticed one of our drivers collecting from your office, but have you ever…

Top 5: Most unusual waste management services we offer

With September just around the corner, it’s back to school for children across the UK, and time to suit up and bag up for…

How do we keep the Blue Planet effect alive in 2019?

With autumn just around the corner, it’s almost a year since Blue Planet II came on to our screens. And what a catalyst for…

The lowest price doesn’t always mean the lowest cost

I spent the first 25 years of my working life in the packaging industry, selling cardboard boxes for various manufacturers. I sold to small…

Back-to-School: How to get a gold star in going green

No sooner have the summer holidays begun, the back-to-school prep is once again top of the agenda. This means thinking about school uniforms, stationery,…

3 internal and 5 external projects we’re proud of

As well as playing around with the numbers 3 and 5, we’ve done quite a lot over the last 35 years. Here are just…

Hop on board the Printwaste Express and join us on a trip down memory lane

Celebrating our 35th birthday this month, what better time to take a look back at the journey we’ve been on to get here. To…

And the award for longest partnership goes to…

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… AJ Green Printing Established in 1975, AJ Green Printing provide print and design services to…

35 simple ways to help our planet

As you’ve probably guessed from the rest of this newsletter, Printwaste is celebrating its 35th birthday this month. And, dependent on your age, you…

Printwaste hops into the animal bedding market

Here at Printwaste, we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities to help keep our planet healthy. Over the last few months, we’ve been…

Bovis Homes build their way to a landfill-free future

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Bovis Homes Originally founded in 1885, Bovis Homes is a well-established UK house builder, and…

What do the FIFA World Cup and recycling have in common?

Whether you’re a fan of the round ball or not, it’s difficult not to get pulled into the passion that surrounds the FIFA World…

3 UK campaigns and initiatives fighting the war against plastic

June – a month of sunny days (hopefully), BBQ-filled tums (definitely), and highly appreciated dads aplenty. Not forgetting the start of the Fifa World…

Insider View: Why we should never stop learning

By Geoff Quayle, Sales Director at Printwaste. On my first day at work in August 1975, my father, Ron Quayle, decided that he would…

Customer Focus: Eagle Tower reaches new heights in a bid to go green

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Eagle Tower Soaring high above the rest of Cheltenham, at 175ft, Eagle Tower is unsurprisingly…

GDPR: The time is now

The new legislation demands greater openness and transparency from EU businesses and organisations, imposes tighter limits on the use of personal data, and, importantly,…

Our News: Are paper cups really that hard to recycle?

According to the BBC, 99.75% of used paper cups don’t get recycled in the UK. And, considering we’re a nation of tea and coffee…

The Bigger Picture: 4 steps to keeping your business data safe

Unless you’ve been sitting under a rock the last couple of months, you’ll have noticed that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been getting a…

The Circular Economy: What is it and how does it affect you?

By Geoff Quayle, Sales Director at Printwaste. On the 18th April, The Circular Economy Package has been formally agreed by the EU Parliament. Final…

Case Study: Burges Salmon keep things confidential

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Burges Salmon LLP Burges Salmon LLP is an independent UK law firm and one of…

Our News: How a community effort can make a difference with cardboard recycling

This month, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve renewed our existing contract with Gloucestershire County Council. For the past year, we’ve been working together…

5 types of packaging that are a nightmare to recycle

With Easter come and gone for another year, we’re still suffering from a serious case of the chocolate bloat. But that isn’t all that’s…

Securing your Data Destruction: Are You GDPR Ready?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation date – 25th May 2018 – is now upon us, and customers are telling us that preparing…

Our News: The Spring Statement – How planet-friendly really was it?

Ok, so not technically our news this month, but, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivering the Spring Statement on 13th March,…

The Bigger Picture: 3 countries with recycling practices to learn from

A few weeks ago, Defra released statistics on the UK’s recycling performance in 2016 – and the figures weren’t overwhelmingly positive. Coming out on…

Insider View: Recycling in the News

It’s been a busy few months for our industry regarding articles in the press and TV media outlets with Recycling having almost a daily…

Our News: Lifting the Lid on Plastic Recycling

In the last few months, plastic has taken the media by storm. Whether watching TV, reading the newspaper or checking social media feeds, we…

An Important Message about GDPR

At every seminar, every meeting, and every networking event, there’s currently much talk about the impending EU data protection framework, GDPR (General Data Protection…

Customer Focus: Sandford Parks Lido

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Sandford Parks Lido Housing one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the UK, Sandford…

Five companies getting seriously inventive with waste

Last month, Lumiere London lit up the capital with a dazzling array of light shows. As part of this, an environmental company unveiled “Bottle…

Insider View: Message from our MD

With the new year well under way, 2017 has quickly turned from present to past. But, before it fully cements itself in history, this…

The Bigger Picture: 5 ways to quickly reduce your plastic waste

With Blue Planet II receiving the ‘Impact’ award at the NTAs last week, we were all reminded of the negative effect plastic is having…

Customer Focus: Cobalt

This month, our customer focus is on (drumroll please)… Cobalt   For those of you who are unaware of Cobalt, they are a medical…

New Vehicle: Printwaste Hits the January Sales

With everyone heading for the January sales this month, shopping has been big news all round. And it is no different here at Printwaste,…

How Printwaste can help you with GDPR

You will be aware no doubt of the new law regarding data protection. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May…

Printwaste win Security Industry Environmental Award

Gloucestershire based Printwaste the recycling, waste management and shredding business has won a new national award at a major industry set of awards. Printwaste…

Printwaste Recycling & Shredding to donate 10% of their sales to Cobalt

Printwaste Recycling and Shredding have this month launched a new initiative to support local charity Cobalt, by raising essential funds and helping to raise…

Week 12 – Office Clearances – We do the hard work – I didn’t know you did that!

Relocating premises or upgrading your office equipment can leave you with a huge burden in waste, packaging and unwanted equipment. Printwaste Recycling & Shredding…

Week 11 – Waste Audits – It’s about you, not us – I didn’t know you did that!”

It’s about you, not us With businesses increasingly focusing on their environmental contribution, there’s never been a better time to try and prevent waste…

Catch our Easter Bunnies

Easter is coming. And, here at Printwaste, things have got a little egg-citing. Not only are we cracking terrible puns, but two of our…

Week 10 – Top four most obscure items we’ve ever collected – I didn’t know you did that!”

Over the past 10 weeks, we’ve sent you emails showcasing our range of total waste management services – hopefully leaving you thinking, “I didn’t…

Week 9 – Waste Electrical Equipment – WEEE can help – I didn’t know you did that!”

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE as it is known (thank goodness for acronyms!) can be anything from old/broken computers to fridges and…

Week 8 – A day at the races – Vacuuming the stables – I didn’t know you did that!”

In 2016, we were contacted by Cheltenham Racecourse to see if we could provide them with large bins that could be used for the…

Week 7 – Wood Recycling – Any size, any quantity – I didn’t know you did that!”

Waste wood – no longer a waste of space!   Every year, UK businesses generate thousands of tonnes of waste wood such as pallets,…

Week 6 – Think before you drink – Vending Cup Recycling – I didn’t know you did that!”

Around 2.5 billion paper & plastic cups are thrown away each year in the UK. Of paper cups, less than 1% are recycled! The…

Week 5 – Recycling Food and Drink Cartons – I didn’t know you did that!”

Food and drink cartons, especially the increasingly popular ‘Tetra Pak’ (a mix of paperboard, aluminium and plastic) can present a big problem when it…

Week 4 – Branded Product Destruction – Protecting Your Brand – I didn’t know you did that!”

Branded items, uniforms in particular, are an easy way of identifying your staff and property, but when discarded they could find their way into…

Week 3 – Polystyrene – a BIG problem made small – I didn’t know you did that!”

We’ve all been there, new furniture, new computer equipment, all neatly installed and leaving a mountain of waste cardboard, electricals and polystyrene. Most waste…

Week 2 – Confidential Waste Destruction – “I didn’t know you did that!”

Anything that contains sensitive information about you, your company or customer base is a potential security risk if it falls into the wrong hands.…

Week 1 – Waste-to-Energy – Become landfill free – “I didn’t know you did that!”

“I didn’t know you did that!” sounds like a cliché, but as a company dedicated to comprehensive waste management solutions, even we hear these…

Identity fraud reached record levels in 2016

In a press release issued today (15th March 2017) by Cifas, it has been reported that identity fraud reached record levels in 2016. In…

The importance of sustainability to the information destruction sector

Don Robins, Managing Director and co-founder of Printwaste Recycling & Shredding discusses the importance of sustainability to the information destruction sector following the 2017…

Printwaste support the GRH ‘1000 Thank Yous’ Project

In 2016, we had the pleasure of supporting and contributing towards the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Organ Donation ‘One Thousand Thank Yous’ project…

The importance of ‘Waste-to-Energy’

Introducing ‘R’ for Recovery It’s no secret that not only is landfill waste damaging the environment and our planet, but the UK is also…

The process of Incineration – Waste-to-Energy

How does waste produce energy? The Printwaste ‘Waste-to-Energy’ service does exactly what it says on the tin, it converts regular general waste into electricity…

What issues can arise from in-house shredding?

Equipment, personal and financial headaches that often arise from in-house shredding. With an ever-increasing number of security breaches happening worldwide, we’ve pulled together a…

What Happens to my Confidential Waste?

An insight into the post-collection process of confidential waste. Why shred? In 2015, 90% of large and 75% of small UK businesses experienced a…

VIDEO: What’s the fuss about Shredding your Confidential Waste?

Protecting sensitive corporate data and personal information is not only an expectation but a legal requirement. These types of documents are produced daily by…

Printwaste celebrate Chinese New Year sponsoring record raising charity event

Back in February, we (Printwaste) were proud sponsors of an evening event down at one of Cheltenham’s premier Chinese restaurants – The Mayflower –…

Ally and Tim Can’s New Year’s Resolution

Did you know cans go to the gym as well? Follow Tim and Ally Can’s weight loss story here. Hello everybody, we’re Ally and…

New Year, New Office

Are you considering an office move, or is your business just in desperate need of de-clutter? Start 2016 right with a clean and clear…

Printwaste helps Grevill House bring festive joy to residents

Printwaste provides local residential care home, Grevill House, with six large sheets of cardboard to assist with their Christmas project – to create a…

Christmas: It’s the most ‘wasteful’ time of the year

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go! Christmas trees are sparkling, the high streets are heaving and Christmas songs are…

Printwaste supports Cobalt charity for sixth consecutive year

Cheltenham-based Printwaste Recycling and Shredding is encouraging people to offer their used Christmas cards to be ‘upcycled’ by local medical charity, Cobalt. Cheltenham-based Printwaste…

Printwaste secures Cyber Essentials

In the UK, 74% of small businesses and 90% of large businesses have had a cyber breach of their security within the last year.…

Printwaste secures fifth consecutive win at the DM Awards

Last night was an evening of celebration and triumph as we can proudly announce that Printwaste Recycling & Shredding has been awarded ‘Data Destruction…

Gloucestershire Business Awards Round Up

Hosted by BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Claire Carter and BBC news reporter Steve Knibbs, the annual Gloucestershire Business Awards 2015 were held at Cheltenham…

How to keep your information secure when working remotely

According to a new survey conducted by PwC, only 14% of people want to work within the traditional office space. This means that more…

Go green for Halloween

Did you know that in the UK we throw away 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins a year? Halloween is fast approaching; if you’re like us…

Re-using your Winter Wardrobe

With the dark nights looming and the daylight skies shortening it only means one thing, we’re approaching the cold and frosty chill of the…

How does recycling paper help the environment?

Here at Printwaste, not only do we provide confidential shredding services but we like to give you a helping hand with your recycling too!…

Post-summer office clear out!

British Summertime (albeit with minimal sunshine) is coming to an end and now is the perfect time to be thinking about a workspace revamp.…

To shred or not to shred?

Organisations are constantly producing waste, but a lot could be confidential. Knowing what you can and can’t shred is the first battle to protecting…

A third of workers reveal they would leak sensitive data

After net security firm Clearswift conducted a poll of 4,000 employees in the UK, Germany, USA and Australia, it was discovered that for £5,000…

BSIA releases Public Sector Guide on Information Destruction

The BSIA’s Information Destruction section is pleased to announce the publication of a white paper to guide public sector organisations on the effective procurement…

National Contract win for Printwaste!

South-West business Printwaste Recycling & Shredding has been appointed as the ‘bring-bank’ contractor for ACE UK, to collect and service beverage carton drop-off points…

Printwaste supports local medical charity for fifth consecutive year

Cheltenham based Printwaste Recycling and Shredding is encouraging people to offer their used Christmas cards to be ‘upcycled’ by local medical charity, Cobalt.  …

Printwaste’s fourth consecutive win at the DM Awards!

We are very proud to say that, for the fourth year running, we have won ‘Data Destruction & Shredding Company of the Year’ at…

Help us continue our winning streak!

Printwaste has been shortlisted for the Document Manager Awards for the fourth year running! We are extremely pleased to announce that once again we…

Geof Robins wins award following nomination by two local charities

Geof Robins, our Operations Director has won an individual award at The Local Business Charity Awards; supported by Jelf Insuranc. Geof won after being…

From green box to greenhouse; Gloucestershire school recycle plastic bottles

Gloucestershire based Widden Primary School has taken on a challenging, but fantastic educational project and built a greenhouse out of 1,000 plastic bottles! Donated…

Printwaste’s top tips for Go Green week!

To coincide with “Go Green Week” we are offering our expertise with some top tips to help keep your office ‘green.’ Go Green week…

Printwaste continue to help local medical charity stay green

Cobalt is calling on people to donate their used Christmas cards this January We have actively been supporting local medical charity Cobalt since 2009 and continue…

Shave the date

Team Printwaste let their moustaches grow free for Movember! November is upon us – and with it staff here at Printwaste Recycling and Shredding…

Printwaste made it a hat-trick at the Document Manager Awards 2013!

Printwaste received the ‘Document Destruction & Shredding Company of the Year’ for the third consecutive year. We are proud to announce that we have…

Printwaste win Environmental Business Award

Printwaste have won the Environmental Business Award at the Gloucestershire Citizen and Echo Business Awards 2013. After being shortlisted at the Gloucestershire Citizen and…

Printwaste and Kohler Mira

Printwaste are proud to be the complete recycling service provider for shower and bathroom provider Kohler Mira, now dealing with over 70% of all…

Educating the Wider Community

At Printwaste we are working to educate the wider community, in a bid to demonstrate the importance of recycling and reduce waste among schools…

Plans to build the £500m waste incinerator in Gloucestershire have been put on hold until after the local elections

Plans to build the £500m waste incinerator in Gloucestershire have been put on hold until after the local elections, after the Conservative-led council received…

Our Managing Director, Don Robins responds to the budget 2013

The Landfill tax rises once again by £8 to £72 per tonne and is set for a further increase in April 2014. But the…

Landfill Tax Increase; on the up again for the sixth year running

Landfill tax is set to rise to £72 per tonne in April 2013, following the £8 increase introduced by the Government. This will apply…

Utter Rubbish; Printwaste responds to DEFRA report on MRF

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a report into the development and promotion of high quality recycling. The ‘Quality Action…

Battle of the bins; Printwaste considers the controversial topic of refuse collections

Latest Government figures show that fortnightly refuse collections increase recycling habits, yet Communities Secretary Eric Pickles criticises this Council policy as ‘lazy’. We take…

Printwaste named ‘Document Destruction Company of the Year’ 2012

We’re really proud to have been awarded ‘Document Destruction Company of the Year’ at the Document Manager Awards 2012 in London. Given in light…

Relevant legislation and regulations

EU Waste Framework Directive provides the overarching legislative framework for the collection, transport, recovery and disposal of waste, and includes a common definition of waste (PDF 100 KB).…

Councils target post-Olympics glass for recycling

Bedford borough, Cherwell district and Plymouth city councils have all rolled out extra glass recycling facilities and services to residents to help reduce the…

Waste and recycling: a quick guide

The waste hierarchy There are many ways of disposing of waste. The waste hierarchy lists these methods in a sliding scale, from the most environmentally…

Packaging Waste Regulations

The definition of ‘Packaging’ is anything made of any materials for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods from the producer to…

Pressure mounts for eco-design incentive under WEEE Directive

As legislative preparations begin for the WEEE Directive recast, expected to come into force next year, recommendations have been submitted to the Department for Innovations…

Retailers delivering more customer value by going green

This down to earth business approach has attracted praise and pragmatic support from leading environmental groups, marking a turning point in their relationship with…