All that paper adds up! Data Guardian's Environmental Impact for 2017

All that paper adds up! Data Guardian's Environmental Impact for 2017

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 06:48 am by Kent White

Dramatically reducing your liability and increasing information security for your business, your employees, and your clients isn't the only reason to use Data Guardian. Protecting the environment is another great reason. We at Data Guardian ensure that all of the paper we destroy is recycled. And that's a lot of paper. In 2017 alone, we destroyed and recycled over 1.5 million pounds of paper! To give you an idea of how much paper that really is, that fills 35 full-length semi-trailers.

But here are the really important figures, the actual environmental impact. Based on estimates of the environmental impact of one ton of recycled paper, Data Guardian saved1:

  1. 2,349 cubic yards of landfill space
  2. 13,315 trees
  3. 297,627 gallons of oil
  4. 3,132,920 kilowatts of energy
  5. 5,482,610 gallons of water

Those 13,315 trees saved absorb 195,808 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Burning the same amount of paper would create 1,174,853 pounds of carbon dioxide2. Not only does Data Guardian recycle the paper we destroy, but we also recycle all metals and incinerate all plastics in a waste-to-clean-energy incinerator.

"We've always worked hard to ensure that the facilities we send our destroyed paper to meet the highest standards of confidentiality and of environmental sensitivity. That is why we exclusively use ISO Certified recycling facilities," says Steven Matthews, Data Guardian's Data Specialist who is also responsible for managing all recycling efforts by the company.

Our destroyed paper is sent a facility where it is pulped and turned back into a product and will never be turned into a product that does not involve pulping, such as animal bedding. We are careful to ensure that, even after it leaves our facility, destroyed documents are handled with as much care as they were while in our possession.

To learn more about our environment impact or to improve your office's environmental impact by destroying your documents with Data Guardian, contact us at or call us at 877-739-5913. You can also submit a pricing request here.

We are looking forward to making 2018 another green banner year for Data Guardian!


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