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Residents told to "Recycle Now", but how can you protect your identity?
Environmentally-conscious residents are having to choose between protecting the environment and protecting their identity. By placing personal information like bank statements, utility bills, and even junk mail into recycling containers without destroying them first, consumers are putting themselves at risk of identity fraud.
It is impossible to miss the headlines calling on UK residents to recycle more household waste - under the threat of fines consumers are now recycling up to 66% of the paper they use[ ]. But as consumers seek to dispose of paper waste responsibly, many are shocked to discover that their councils refuse to recycle shredded paper. Research from Fellowes[ ] reveals that almost 45% of the British public are choosing the "green option", putting personal information in to recycling containers without shredding first. Fellowes urges consumers to re-think. With identity fraud on the increase in the UK, it is still possible to protect your identity and be green.
"Councils across the UK have recognised the importance of offering recycling services to residents," explains Tyron Hill, Marketing Director of Fellowes. "This is both necessary, and commendable.
However, it is a concern that shredded waste is not being recycled in some areas. It means that many households are not following police and Government advice to shred personal information before throwing it away, and are putting themselves at serious risk of identity fraud. People must shred their personal and financial details - and local councils should be proactively encouraging this."
"If your council does not recycle shredded waste," continues Hill, "it is still possible to shred and be green. Composting is simple, cost effective and helps the environment, for example - and many local schools will be glad to receive your shredded waste for papier mache projects. It also makes ideal wadding for packages and parcels."
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