confidential waste

Welcome to the waste directory  - confidential waste

What can be recycled?

Any paper which needs to be securely destroyed can be recycled in this route.

The route can also be used for media such as CDs and tapes. Electrical items, such as PCs, should have their data erased and be sent for disposal via the WEEE waste stream (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

There is a substantial fee for destroying confidential material; paper which is not confidential should be placed in the general paper and card recycling bins where it can be recycled at little cost.

Where small volumes of confidential material are produced, using a shredder might be a better and more affordable solution. A confetti or cross-cut shredder is the best kind (rather than a strip-cut type) as it offers more secure destruction. Once shredded, the waste can be placed in the usual paper recycling route.

What is included?



Waste hierarchy

What happens to this waste stream?

0% reused
100% recycled
0% recovered
0% incinerated
0% landfilled

Confidential waste stream

Your responsibilities

  • Sensitive material should be kept safe and secure.
  • The Data Protection Act says that:Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. This is the seventh data protection principle. In practice, it means you must have appropriate security to prevent the personal data you hold being accidentally or deliberately compromised.

How do I arrange disposal of confidential waste?

  • Confidential papers are placed in the designated confidential waste bin or into sacks.
  • Delivery, collection or exchange of these bins can be requested from the Confidential Waste web form.

Who removes it?

  • At South Kensington, the Soft Services Support Team will deliver, collect or exchange bins as requested. Full containers are held securely in a locked compound until collected by the contractor. The contractor will service the other loactions.

What happens then?

  • The confidential waste is shredded on-site and the paper is then recycled.

How green is this waste stream?

  • Bins and carts are re-used.
  • Everything is put to good use.
  • By recycling we reduce our need for raw materials, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint.
  • You are helping to protect and improve the environment.


 Peter Bodi Supervisor Support Operations: x50223