March 28, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams


Mobile Shredder Unveiled in Plainfield
Shredding vehicle to make stops throughout County

Plainfield-Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced today that Union County will kick off the mobile shredding service at a recycling event in Plainfield.

“This service is a cost effective way to assist the county’s recycling efforts and help combat identity theft,” said Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “This is a great opportunity for residents to securely eliminate clutter, while helping the environment.”

Union County’s first mobile shredding event will be held in conjunction with the City of Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA). The PMUA “Unite to Recycle” campaign will take place Saturday March 31, from 9 am to 2 pm. at the Rock Avenue Transfer Station.

The shedding machine will make various stops at soon to be scheduled events throughout the county, with approximately half being held at senior centers.

Once scheduled, the event dates will be posted on the county website at

“All residents are encouraged to participate in this program,” said Freeholder Kowalski. “We want to make it convenient for our seniors as they are often the most vulnerable to identity theft.”

Programs for general public may also be held on weekends at municipal recycling centers throughout the county.

Accurate Document Destruction Inc. will bring the mobile shredder to designated sites. The self contained machine generates its own electricity and weighing in at 12.5 tons, is the largest shredder-bailer mobile unit manufactured today. For more information, please go to

Documents are put into 96-gallon containers provided by the company. The items are then dumped onto a conveyor belt and put through the shredder. 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 has been paid for through funds from the Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Services Tax Grant.