BEDMINSTER TWP., NJ _ Somerset County's "Operation Secure Shred Day," open to all county residents, is scheduled to return to Bedminster starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday, July 19, at the Bedminster Township public works building at 75 Miller Lane in the township.

The event is due to continue until 1 p.m., or until shredding trucks to be brought to the location are filled to capacity, at which time the trucks will leave and the program will be over for the day.. 

Each year, the Somerset County Board of Freeholders offers residents free shredding services for personal documents at locations throughout the county on ten Saturdays, rain or shine. Concerns about COVID-19 resulted in the the March and April events being canceled.

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 All shredding events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless the trucks fill up earlier.

After the Bedminster event, the next county shredding operation is scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Bridgewater Township municipal building in Bridgewater. The scheduled locations and dates is posted online.

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

Proof of Somerset County residency required 

However, proof of Somerset County residency is required. Residents can bring a combination of up to six bags, containers or boxes per trip. No businesses are allowed to drop off documents for shredding, and no commercial vehicles are allowed. For more information, call 908-203- 6018, email, or view the Somerset County "Operation Secure Shred" webpage.

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

Certain recyclable items will not be accepted, including junk mail, magazines and newspapers.