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Union County’s Popular “Weekend of Shredding” Returns in 2024 to Kick Off Recycling Season

The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like announce that Union County’s “Weekend of Shredding” will kick off the 2024 shredding season on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th.  

“We are thrilled to bring back Union County’s ‘Weekend of Shredding’ for 2024, providing a valuable service for residents to securely dispose of sensitive documents,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “This initiative not only aids in decluttering homes but contributes to our collective efforts in making Union County a cleaner and more environmentally conscious place to live. I hope everyone will join us and continue to work together for a greener future.”

The two events will take place on the campus of the Union County Vocational Technical School, which is located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Both events will take place in the West Hall (Police Academy) lot.  There will be ample signage at both events to direct residents to the shredding site.

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 2024 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