Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2020

Union County’s Free Mobile Document-Shredding Program to Visit Two Locations in August

Masks and social distance required during COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that the next mobile paper shredding program of 2020 for personal and confidential documents will be held on August 8th, at Kean University in Union.

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

The August 8 shredding event will take place at Kean University on Morris Avenue in Union.  The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.  The event will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.  Residents should enter the University from the main entrance on Morris Avenue. 

Residents must wear face coverings, keep their windows closed and stay in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in vehicles trunk, cargo area or truck bed, easily accessible to staff, who will remove it from the vehicle

The next shredding event will be Saturday, September 12th at Union County College on Springfield Avenue in Cranford, also from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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 materials be brought in paper bags.

Documents should not be bound and plastic binders and paperclips should be removed. Paper that is wet/damp will not be accepted. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.  Paper that is already shredded will not be accepted. 

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 www.ucnj.org/recycle.

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 www.ucnj.org/recycle.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the free Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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