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Everything to Know About Product Destruction

Product Destruction is important to protecting your brand and your reputation. Items such as employee badges, if gotten into the wrong hands, could have damaging consequences. There are other items or products that may be proprietary to your brand, such as apparel samples. Having unused or unwanted items destroyed in a controlled way can help prevent counterfeiting. Below are common and frequently asked questions about Certified Product Destruction.

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What is Product Destruction?

Product Destruction is a way for businesses to have products or items destroyed in a controlled way instead of throwing them away in a dumpster. It’s a process of complete destruction of the items, whether they are expired, damaged, or unsellable for any reason.

What Products Should be Destroyed?

There are a variety of products that a business may want to have properly destroyed. Here are a few examples:

  • Damaged retail items
  • Samples and prototypes
  • Unused or unwanted apparel containing your logo
  • Excess inventory of swag or promotional items
  • Old employee uniforms
  • Employee badges
  • Products that don’t pass quality inspections/defective goods
  • Shoes
  • Off-spec or outdated and non-hazardous substances
  • Deaccessioned collectables or museum items
  • Overstocked items
  • Electronics
  • Unused or expired PPE
  • And more!

Why Do Brands Use Certified Product Destruction?

The most common reason for a brand to use product destruction as a disposal method is to protect their brand from misuse. Product destruction allows companies and brands to get rid of unused or unwanted items without the concern or risk of their brand being misused. It also give companies the confidence in knowing they are remaining compliant when disposing of certain items that have strict laws or guidelines for how it can be disposed of, for example, if a product or item contains any hazardous chemicals or materials.

What are Methods of Product Destruction?

There are various methods of product destruction. The type of product or material being destroyed will determine the appropriate destruction or disposal method.


Many products can be destroyed using shredding. Apparel items, like shirts, hats, and more can be shredded as a method of destruction. At BWS, we have an industrial-sized shredder equipped to handle products of all types and all volumes.


Waste-to-Energy, also known as WTE is a disposal method where products are incinerated at a facility that generates power through the incineration process. BWS partners with a WTE facility, which generates power to lower Baltimore City businesses and homes and ensures nothing goes to a landfill. This is a safe and responsible way to ensure products or items approved for incineration are completely destroyed.

Hiring a Trusted Product Destruction Partner for Business

At Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. (BWS), we have over 45 years experience safely collecting, transporting, and disposing of sensitive waste like branded product apparel, documents, hard drives, and more, throughout Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Customers trust that our product destruction services are safe and reliable to help protect their brands. Our specialized customer care team will work with you on compliant options that fit your needs and your budget. Call or contact us today for a quote and to partner with a local and most reliable, professional product destruction partner.

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