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

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to bring their personal and sensitive documents to the next free paper shredding event, which will be held on Thursday, July 13th

“Protect your privacy and the environment by joining us at the next free paper shredding event at Rahway River Park,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I hope our residents take advantage of this contact-free and drive-up paper event, which allows us to shield your personal information all while contributing to a greener Union County.”

The July 13th paper shredding event will be held at Rahway River Park in the parking lot adjacent to the Park Service Yard off of St. Georges Avenue in Rahway.  There will be ample signage at the event to guide residents to the respective event site.

Union County’s free shredding events take place each year from March through October, as part of Union County’s recycling programs.  These events enable mobile paper shredding trucks to visit various locations throughout the County to assist residents in shredding personal documents. It is intended for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program. 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.

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 first. 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.

Contact your municipal recycling coordinator for more details about recycling in your community.  These events are funded through Recycling Enhancement Act (REA) grant funding, which is received by the County on an annual basis from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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 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. 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 Stuart Newman,