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Union County Residents Can Shred and Recycle Personal Documents Free of Charge in May

The next free, secure paper shredding events of 2023 will be held in Hillside and Berkeley Heights

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free paper shredding events in May, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. One event will take place on Friday, May 5 at the Hillside Pool, located at 1209 Central Avenue in Hillside.  The other event will take place on Saturday, May 13 at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Building located at 29 Park Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

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“Our paper shredding events help to conserve resources and prevent identity theft, too. It’s one of our most popular programs, and we encourage everyone to participate,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

Union County’s free shredding events take place every month from March to November, rain or shine. Each event begins at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m., but may finish earlier if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

These events are drive-up only and contact-free. Ample signage is posted at the drop-off sites with directions for drivers. Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers, which are shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck.

Participants are reminded that 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. For information, contact the municipal recycling coordinator.  If the documents are business related, the Bureau of Recycling and Planning can help you with options on how to shred this material. 

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.

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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