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Union County’s Free Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains, Kenilworth in October

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that the next two free mobile paper shredding events of 2019 for personal and confidential documents will be held on Saturday, October 5 in Scotch Plains and Thursday, October 17 in Kenilworth.

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

The next shredding event will be on Saturday, October 5 at the Union County Vo-Tech, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.   The shredding event on Thursday, October 17 will be at Galloping Hill Golf Course, located at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth.

Both events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Shredding events will end before 1:00 p.m. if the shredding truck(s) reach capacity.  The events will take place rain or shine.

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 you bring your material in paper bags.

Documents should not be bound. Please remove plastic binders and paperclips. Paper that is wet/damp will not be accepted. Please note that paper that is already shredded 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 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

The Freeholder Board also reminds residents to download the free Recycle Coach app for the latest news and information on all countywide and local recycling programs, located at

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

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