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2008 Dates Announced for Mobile Paper Shredder Program

Elizabeth—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the schedule for the mobile paper-shredding program. Accurate Document Destruction Inc. will bring the mobile paper shredder to the designated sites throughout Union County. This year, four additional dates have been added. All events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

“We are very excited to offer this service to our residents again this year. The program began last year and it was well received by our residents,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “This service helps our residents eliminate clutter and fight identity theft. It is also a cost effective way to assist the county’s recycling efforts; this program ties in nicely with our other Go Green Initiatives.”

There were six mobile shredding events held in 2007. More than 600 participants came out and 34,409 pounds of paper were shredded. The shredded paper was recycled which saved more than 275 trees. Ten events will be held this year, with one coordinating with Arbor Day. The 2008 dates are as follows:

  • Sunday, April 20, Union County College, Springfield Avenue, Cranford.
  • Friday, April 25, Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield.
  • Thursday, May 8, Westfield Pool, 713 Cumberland St., Westfield.
  • Wednesday, May 14, Orange Avenue Pool, Orange Avenue, Cranford.
  • Thursday, June 26, Union County Vo-Tech, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains.
  • Wednesday, July 23, Rahway City Hall, City Hall Plaza, Rahway.
  • Thursday, September 18, Linden Recycling Center, 2 Donaldson Pl, Linden.
  • Saturday, September 27, Lucent/Alcatel, 600 Mountain Avenue,
    New Providence.
  • Tuesday, October 7, Warinanco Park, St. Georges Avenue, Roselle.
  • Saturday, November 1, Schering Plough, Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth.

All Union County residents are eligible to use the program. Participants are asked to properly prepare their documents for shredding. All papers should be removed from envelopes and loose. Documents should not be bound. Residents are asked to limit the amount of shred materials to 3 bags/boxes of important documents. Please do not bring all recyclable paper items – only those that contain personal information.

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. The event will end prior to 2 p.m. if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

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. Residents and businesses are welcome to participate. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at (908) 654-9889 or go to