The Union County Board of County Commissioners announces “a weekend of shredding” to kick off the first mobile paper shredding programs of 2021.   Free shredding of personal and confidential documents will be available on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding service helps residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred your confidential documents,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Al Mirabella “It promotes our County recycling efforts and ties in with other Green Initiatives in Union County.”

The March shredding events will take place at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Both events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. The events will close prior to 1:00 p.m. if the trucks reach capacity.

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For everyone’s safety, residents must wear face coverings, keep their windows closed and remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed, easily accessible to staff, for safe no-contact removal from vehicle.

All Union County residents are eligible to use the free paper-shredding service. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four, 10-pound bags or boxes per vehicle.  It is preferred that you bring your material in paper bags. Documents should not be bound. Please remove plastic binders and paperclips. Paper that is wet/damp will not be accepted.  Please do not bring paper that is already shredded; it will not be accepted. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.

Documents are put into 96-gallon containers provided by the shredding company. The items are then placed onto a conveyor belt and shredded on site. The shredded documents are then recycled via local paper mills. 

All of Union County’s recycling events are posted on our website, The Board of County Commissioners also encourages residents to download the free Recycle Coach app for recycling event reminders and local curbside collection info.