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Free Limerick confidential data shredding event to become GDPR ready

Limerick confidential data shredding to become GDPR ready. Photo courtesy of shutterstock.

Free Limerick confidential data shredding event to become GDPR ready

Do you have paper data or electronic hard-drives containing sensitive data that you need to securely dispose of? A one-day free Limerick confidential data shredding event will take place on Thursday 17 May from 11 am – 3.30pm in the Mungret Recycling Centre.  

The aim of the event is to securely dispose of sensitive information for individuals who need to do so and also wish to receive advice as to how to manage their data correctly to achieve compliance with the in-coming GDPR regulations.



Attendees welcome to the event include large corporate businesses, SME’s, sole traders/self-employed as well as community, cultural and sporting groups.

Attendees are allowed to bring a maximum of 10 bin bags of confidential paper material and/or up to 10 hard drives for destruction on the day.

Paper waste must be presented in bags and removed from folders, plastic binders and all hard drives must be must be removed from computer towers. Please search online for instructions on how to do this.

Sinead Mc Donnell, Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “To promote good waste management practices and awareness of the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Limerick City and County Council and the Southern Regional Waste Management Office in conjunction with Security in Shredding, Disk Shred and the Irish Security Industry Association are delighted to facilitate this free shred event,” she said. 

“Data Protection experts from Security in Shredding and Disk Shred will demonstrate to attendees that avail of the Shred Day how confidential waste should be managed and how it is destroyed. All questions will be happily facilitated and clarification upon GDPR compliance will be provided. Certificates of destruction will also be provided on the day. “

Albert Kelly, General Manager of Security in Shredding and Vice Chairman of the Irish Security Industry Association (SDD-Division) said: “Compliance with GDPR is essential for all businesses and organisations. This event gives us the opportunity to provide assistance and education to all businesses, large and small including the local communities of Limerick and the Southern Region. Not only risk identification but advice as to how to protect their business when managing confidential waste, in turn protecting their business’s future and also their individual personal identity.”

Pauline McDonagh Waste Prevention Officer, Southern Regional Waste Management Office said: “This event illustrates the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors to bring important waste management services to SMEs and Householders.”

Jeremy Bryan, Brand Manager of Disk Shred added; “Organisations of all sizes need to be aware of their responsibilities in managing their client information. There is no safer way than to destroy your data-bearing media through shredding. Diskshred will be able to help you remain compliant, safe and ahead of the new legislation and all data bearing media can be shredded to particles of just 20mm.”

The General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on 25 May is an EU-wide law that requires all members of the community and business owners are to be aware of the risks when dealing with personal data.

GDPR gives greater power to regulators to penalise companies who mishandle personal data or are not transparent about how their business uses it.


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For more information on Security in Shredding, go here.

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