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Union County Offers Free, Secure Shredding for Personal Documents

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to bring their personal and sensitive documents to free paper shredding events. The first two events of the 2023 recycling season will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 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.

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“Our free paper shredding service is one of our most popular programs. Every year, thousands of Union County residents use this opportunity to help prevent fraud and identity theft, by disposing of their personal documents securely. Our vendor also recycles the shredded paper to help conserve valuable resources,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

Union County’s free shredding events take place each year from March to November, bringing a mobile paper shredding truck to various locations throughout the County. Any Union County resident can take their personal documents to be shredded at any of these events, regardless of their home town.

Each event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m., but may finish earlier if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

The paper shredding events are contact-free and drive-up only. Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers, which are shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck.

To bring documents to the Vocational-Technical Schools campus, follow signs from the main entrance to the shredding location at the rear of the campus, in the Police Academy parking lot.

Participants are reminded pre-shredded, 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 intended for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program. Contact your municipal recycling coordinator for more details about recycling in your community.

Experts from the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning are available to present recycling information to schools, community groups and other organizations. To schedule a program contact Heather Miara,

The free Recycle Coach mobile app provides a handy way to find out what items are included in curbside recycling programs and drop-off sites in Union County. The app provides up to date information on both countywide and local recycling programs.

For more information and updates on all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at

Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at The Green Connection,

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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