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Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in September, Free of Charge

Free, secure paper shredding events to be held in Cranford and Westfield

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding event sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The documents are shredded onsite, and the shredded paper is recycled.

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

Union County holds a series of free shredding events each year. Each event begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. The events may finish early if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

The locations for September are:

  • Saturday, September 17: Union County College, Parking Lots 5A and 5B, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford
  • Friday, September 23: Westfield Memorial Pool, 713 Cumberland Street, Westfield

Any Union County resident can bring their sensitive documents to either event, regardless of their home town.

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.

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 businesses are allowed to participate. Magazines, junk mail and other waste paper should be recycled through a municipal recycling program.

Two additional free paper shredding events are scheduled for October, after which the program will go on winter hiatus.

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 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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