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Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Cranford in September

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the next mobile paper shredding program of 2020 for personal and confidential documents will be available on Saturday, September 12 at Union County College in Cranford.

“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 Al Mirabella “It promotes our County recycling efforts and ties in with other Green Initiatives in Union County.”

The September 12 shredding event will take place at Union County College on Springfield Avenue in Cranford.  The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.  The shredding event will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding truck(s) reach capacity. 

Residents must wear face coverings, keep their windows closed and remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in the trunk, cargo area or truck bed, easily accessible to staff, for safe no-contact removal from vehicle.

The next shredding event will be Friday, September 25th at the Westfield Pool on Cumberland Street, also from 9 a.m. to 1 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 vehicle.  It is preferred 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.  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 call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889 or visit

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, visit

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

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