Answers to Your Product Destruction Questions

Sensitive information can be found on more than just paper records and electronic media. But how do you securely dispose of items that don’t fall into either category? In this blog, we answer your product destruction questions.

Q: Why shouldn’t I discard outdated items in a dumpster?

A: Tossing an outdated product in a dumpster is easy, but disposing of branded items in trash receptacles may reveal trade secrets to competitors and expose your brand to counterfeiters. Company uniforms, badges, and branded clothing not only carry a security risk and concerns about brand contamination, some items may also contain personally identifiable information (PII). As a result, the disposal of these items must align with federal privacy law requirements.

Q: Is it safe to donate my expired products?

A: Donating excess inventory or expired products may seem like the right thing to do, but it can put your brand at risk. Donated items can be resold or land on the black market, creating product liability issues or unwarranted negative customer feedback.

Q: Is product destruction required by law?

A: Federal laws require businesses to destroy items that contain personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI). Toys, textiles, pill bottles and other types of products often require special disposal practices to comply with local, state and federal regulations.

Q: How does a product destruction service work?

A: When you use a product destruction service, your shredding and destruction provider destroys your expired branded items on-site at your business. A security-screened customer service representative collects your outdated products and destroys them with a mobile shredding vehicle. A strict chain of custody is followed during the collection and destruction of your items. Once your items are destroyed, you receive a Certificate of Destruction.

Q: So, what items should I destroy?

A: Destroy all recalled, defective, or mislabeled merchandise. Uniforms, identification cards, and other equipment and products can pose a threat to your company’s security if they fall into the wrong hands. Destruction is the only way to completely prevent this. Protect trade secrets and intellectual property by destroying unwanted prototypes and out-of-date products.

Land Shark Shredding offers NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction services throughout Kentucky and in Tennessee, Illinois, and Indiana. For more product destruction tips, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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