SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that the first mobile paper-shredding program for personal documents will go according to schedule this Saturday April 7 in Scotch Plains, rain, snow or shine.

The shredding event will take place at the Union County Vocational Technical School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. It will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.

The next shredding event will be offered in Cedar Brook Park on Friday, April 27.

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All Union County residents are eligible to use the paper-shredding service. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four, 10-pound bags or boxes per person. 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. 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 dumped onto a conveyor belt and shredded on site. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents are then recycled, shipped to paper mills and used as pulp.

The mobile shredding program is paid for through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Enhancement Act Grant Funds. For more information about future events or directions please call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889 or visit us online at ucnj.org/recycle.