Confidential waste

What is confidential waste

Confidential information can be stored on variety of media – on paper, electronically on hard drives, computer disks and CDs and on audio and video tapes. Irrespective of how the information is held, confidential waste must be disposed of securely.

How to dispose of your confidential waste

Please read this guidance to help you identify confidential material and because instructions differ across the University.

Departments are encouraged not to shred confidential waste themselves - economies of scale mean that it is cheaper to pay a contractor to shred the University’s confidential waste rather than department staff shredding material using a small shredder.

Paper, computer disks, CDs, audio and video tapes can all be disposed of though the corporate confidential waste scheme. Computer hard drives should not be disposed through the confidential waste system, instead they should be disposed of through the WEEE disposal scheme. Click here to find out about WEEE disposal.