Image: Nicola O’Brien, director at ID Card Centre
ID Card Centre of Northampton announced that they’re the only British company in the ID badge and card industry to offer a full product destruction and recycling service. This is most surprising because failing to destroy material displaying or holding too much personal information breaks data protection law.
“It’s all too easy to forget to securely dispose of things like ID card printer ribbons. Some organisations would effectively be throwing in their waste bins hard copies of people’s personal details. You wouldn’t dream of doing that with a document or card that held personal information.
“It’s generally not possible to shred ribbons along with your general office waste, due to contamination,” commented Nicola O’Brien, director at ID Card Centre.
ID Card Centre’s secure service separates the ribbons into film and plastic components. The plastic is recycled and the film is securely shredded.
PVC cards containing personal information are sometimes accepted by secure paper shredding service providers, as long as it doesn’t exceed their contamination threshold. Fittings such as lanyards often aren’t recycled at all.
“It appears that we’re the only company in the country offering a recycling service that takes ribbons, used ID cards and badges, lanyards and even badge printers. We also incentivise it because we feel so strongly about protecting the environment while also protecting personal information,” concluded Nicola.