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Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents Free of Charge, This October

The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to invite all residents to bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to any of our final two free paper shredding events of the 2023 shredding season, being held this October 7th and October 21st.

“This convenient and useful service makes it easier for residents to properly dispose of sensitive paperwork and documents that may be expired, no longer needed, and are otherwise using up valuable space at home,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “I encourage all Union County residents to take part and attend these shredding events before they are gone for the season.  By continuously putting our efforts together, we make Union County a cleaner, more environmentally conscious place to live in.”

The first shredding event will take place on Saturday, October 7th at Union County VoTech’s West Hall/Police Academy Lot, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. The final shredding event of the season will take place on Saturday, October 21st at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex, located at 29 Park Avenue in Berkeley Heights. There will be ample signage at both events to direct residents to the shredding sites.

Each shredding event begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude promptly at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, but may finish earlier if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

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 prior to arrival at the shredding site.

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

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 .  The shredding events are for residentially generated paper only.  Businesses and business documents will not be accepted for shredding at the events.  If there is a business that needs guidance on how to shred documents, they can contact the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning via the online form at

For the complete 2023 paper shredding schedule and 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, 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.