UNION COUNTY, NJ – The next county run mobile paper shredding event for personal and confidential documents will be held on August 8, at Kean University.

The August 8 shredding event will take place at Kean University on Morris Avenue.  The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.  It will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.  Residents should enter the University from the main entrance on Morris Avenue. 

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

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Residents must wear face coverings, keep their windows closed and stay in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in vehicles trunk, cargo area or truck bed, easily accessible to staff, who will remove it from the vehicle

The next shredding event will be Saturday, September 12 at Union County College on Springfield Avenue in Cranford, also from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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 materials be brought in paper bags.

Documents should not be bound and plastic binders and paperclips should be removed. Paper that is wet/damp will not be accepted. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.  Paper that is already shredded will not be accepted. 

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. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents are then recycled via local paper mills. 

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 www.ucnj.org/recycle.