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Union County Residents Can Shred Personal Documents Free of Charge in August

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Union County’s free recycling program continues in August with a drop-off event for personal documents this Saturday, August 13. Residents can bring up to four bags or boxes of sensitive, personal papers for secure shredding, free of charge.

“We encourage residents to use our free shredding program to help guard against identity theft, in addition to conserving resources through our recycling program,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

The next event will take place on Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Kean Hall Parking Lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

Any Union County resident can participate, regardless of their hometown.

Union County’s paper shredding events are drive-up only and contact-free. Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers. A mobile shredding truck will securely shred the papers on site.

Please note that the event may end prior to 1:00 p.m. if the shredding truck fills to capacity.

All documents must be clean and dry. No pre-shredded paper will be accepted. Bindings, large plastic or metal clips, and other paraphernalia should be removed.

As a reminder, Union County’s paper shredding events are for sensitive, personal documents only. No business papers will be accepted. Magazines, junk mail and other waste paper should be recycled through a municipal recycling program.

Additional free paper shredding events are scheduled for September and October, after which the program will go on winter hiatus. The last event of the season will take place on October 29.

For the complete 2022 paper shredding schedule, and for information on all recycling programs 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 in a handy mobile format, 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 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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