The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county's Public Works Department invite residents to take advantage of the Operation Secure Shred drop-off program for easy, no-hassle shredding of personal documents.

The next shredding event will be held Saturday, July 28, at the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building100 Commons Way. All events are held rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled to capacity, at which time they leave and the event is over for that day. A valid New Jersey driver’s license to confirm Somerset County residency is required. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses are allowed.

"Properly disposing of personal documents is a necessary step in safeguarding and protecting your personal information and credit and in preventing identify theft," said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public works liaison. "We are pleased to be able to provide this very popular service to our residents again this year, in collaboration with our municipalities.”

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Subsequent shredding opportunities are scheduled for Aug. 25 at the Somerset County Public Works South County Facility, 410 Roycefield Road in HillsboroughSept. 22 in Branchburg at the Municipal Building, 1077 U.S. Highway 202 North; Oct. 6 in Skillman at the Montgomery Township High School,1016 Routh 601; Oct. 20 in Green Brook at the Green Brook Middle School,132 Jefferson Ave.; and Jan. 192019 at the Somerset County Public Works North County Facility, 411 Chimney Rock Roadin Bridgewater.

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities are invited to have personal documents shredded at as many free, on-site mobile paper-shredding events as they wish to attend. Residents do not have to reside in the town hosting an event to participate.

Documents will be commercially shredded safely, privately and properly by trained, licensed and bonded document-destruction specialists. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Residents may bring documents in up to six boxes, containers or bags per visit and will be asked to take back their receptacles. Residents may stay and watch as their documents are shredded.

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will not be accepted. This shredding opportunity is not open to businesses.

For more information about locations of the municipal shredding events, contact the towns directly. A listing of towns in Somerset County can be found on the county's website.  A schedule of shredding events and more also is available.

For more information about the “Operation Secure Shred” program, contact the Somerset County Public Works Departmen