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Union County Brings Free Paper Shredding Event to Rahway, July 8

paper shredding flyerCOVID-19 safety rules apply; free drive-in event is open to all Union County residents for shredding personal documents.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next free shredding event of 2021 will be held in Rahway on Thursday, July 8 for the safe, secure disposal and recycling of personal and confidential documents. All documents are shredded on site and the shredded paper is recycled by a licensed recycler. Residents must bring their documents to the shredding site by car; no walk-ups are admitted.

The July 8 shredding event will take place in Rahway River Park. The main entrance to the park is off of St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, and signs will be posted with directions to the shredding site.

The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. It will close prior to 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.

“Union County’s free document shredding program help residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred confidential documents,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Al Mirabella “It also promotes our County recycling efforts and ties in with other green initiatives in Union County.”

Union County’s free document shredding program visits locations throughout Union County every month from March to November. Any resident of Union County can bring their personal documents to any of these events, regardless of their home town.

Participants are reminded that pre-shredded, damp, or wet paper is not accepted at these events. Non-accepted paper should be discarded at home, with regular household waste.

For everyone’s safety, participants must wear a face covering and remain in their vehicles at all times, with their windows rolled up.

Materials should be placed in the trunk or other area easily accessible by staff, for safe no-contact removal from vehicle.

Documents should be removed from any bindings. Plastic or metal clips and other non-paper items should also be removed.

In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four, 10-pound bags or boxes per vehicle. Preferably, documents should be brought in paper bags.

The shredding program is intended for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents should recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program.

The next two shredding events will take place at Kean University in Union Township on August 14, and Union County College in Cranford on September 18. For a complete schedule visit

For more information on the free paper shredding program and other recycling events and services hosted by Union County visit, or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

For the latest news and updates on all municipal and countywide recycling programs in Union County, download the free Recycle Coach app. More information is available at

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at

The free paper shredding program is funded through Recycling Enhancement Act Grant funds, which are applied for by Union County and received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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