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Union County Offers Free, Secure Shredding for Personal Documents in June

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to bring their personal and sensitive documents to the next two free paper shredding events, scheduled for June 7 and June 10. These drop-off events are held every month from March to October, as part of Union County’s recycling programs.

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“These free events help to make document shredding affordable and accessible for all Union County residents. Securely disposing of personal documents is an important way to prevent identity theft. Our program also recycles the shredded paper to help conserve water and energy as well as conserving trees,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one ton of paper would save enough energy to power the average American home for six months, save 7,000 gallons of water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.

The two paper shredding events in June are:

Wednesday, June 7, at the Clark Public Works yard, located at 315 Westfield Avenue.  The event will take place behind the Police Department building. Please use Wilson Drive for access.

Saturday, June 10, at the Union College of Union County campus in Cranford, at 1033 Springfield Avenue. The event will be held in parking lots 5A and 5B.

There will be ample signage at both events to guide residents to both site. Both events begin at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine, and conclude at approximately 1:00 p.m. The events may end early if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

Any Union County resident can take their personal documents to be shredded at any of Union County’s paper shredding events, regardless of their home town.  Documents from businesses or commercial establishments will not be shredded. 

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.

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.

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.

To see the schedule of upcoming paper shredding events, and more information on all recycling programs hosted by Union County, visit or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

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,

Union County’s paper shredding events are funded through Recycling Enhancement Act grant funding, which is received by the County on an annual basis from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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