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Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains, Saturday and Sunday March 30 and 31st

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the first mobile paper-shredding events of 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st in Scotch Plains. These events are free and open to all Union County residents.

“Union County’s mobile document-shredding events help residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred confidential documents,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “This free, secure shredding service also helps to promote recycling and conserve resources.”

Both events will take place at the Union County Vocational Technical School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.  The events will end before 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity. The next shredding event will be offered in Cedar Brook Park on Friday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In an effort to accommodate all participants, there is a limit of four, 10-pound bags or boxes per person (paper bags are preferred). 

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.

Residents are also encouraged to download the free Recycle Coach app for easy access to all of our 2019 Recycling Events. 

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

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