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Union County’s Free Mobile Document Shredding Program Coming to Scotch Plains, Rahway and Hillside

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the next free mobile document shredding program will take place at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus in Scotch Plains on Saturday, June 29.

The free shredding service also continues in July with two events, on Thursday, July 12 at Rahway River Park in the parking lot across from the swimming pool, and on Saturday, July 20 at the former Bristol Myers facility located at 1350 Liberty Avenue in Hillside.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding service helps residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred personal and confidential papers, free of charge” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “It also promotes Union County’s recycling efforts and other green initiatives.”

All events will be held 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 truck reaches capacity.

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 paper bags or boxes per person. Please note that leaf bags should not be used.

Paper that is pre-shredded, wet, or damp will not be accepted. Binders and paper clips should be removed. 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 placed on a conveyor belt and shredded on site. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents is then shipped to paper mills and recycled.

The mobile shredding program is funded through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Enhancement Act Grant Funds.

To stay up to date with Union County recycling events, download the free Recycle Coach app, call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889, or visit online at

For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County, visit The Green Connection,

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