FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Somerset County residents are invited to shred their personal documents for free and without a hassle on Saturday, June 13, at the Franklin Township Sewerage Authority, located at70 Commerce Drive, Somerset, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will be held rain or shine.

To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items, but staff will be available to help if necessary. Residents can watch while their documents are shredded.

“Trained, licensed and bonded document-destruction specialists will commercially shred documents safely, privately and properly,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano. "We are glad that Somerset County can collaborate with municipalities, so that we can provide this valuable and free service to our residents.”

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Proof of residency is required: A current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address must be presented. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles are allowed.

Residents may bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit and will be asked to take back their receptacles. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will not be accepted. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they wish, and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of shredding events, visit .

For more information about the Operation Secure Shred program, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or .