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Union County Residents Can Shred and Recycle Personal Documents Free of Charge, March 26 and 27

paper shreddingUnion County, NJ – March 10, 2022 – Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the first two free paper shredding events of 2022, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The events will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Please note that the events may close earlier than 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks are filled to capacity.

“The free shredding service makes it easy and convenient for Union County residents to help prevent identity theft, while also supporting our countywide recycling efforts. We encourage everyone who needs to dispose of sensitive, personal documents to participate as we kick off our 2022 recycling program,” said Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca Williams.

The two shredding events are drive-up only. Drivers can follow the signs from the Raritan Road entrance to the shredding site at the rear of the campus.

Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers, which will be shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck.

Participants are reminded pre-shredded paper is not accepted at these events. Damp or wet paper will not be accepted.

Bindings, large plastic or metal clips, and other paraphernalia should be removed.

For the complete schedule and more information on all recycling programs hosted by Union County, visit or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

Union County’s free shedding events are for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program. For local information, contact a municipal recycling coordinator.

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

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, 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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