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Securely Dispose of Personal Documents for Free at Union County’s Next Paper Shredding Event in July

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents to bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the County’s next free paper shredding event, taking place on Thursday, July 11th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Park Services Yard in Rahway River Park, which is located off St. George’s Avenue in Rahway.

“By taking part in our paper shredding events, you can declutter your space, gain peace of mind, and most importantly, join us in contributing to environmental sustainability through recycling,” said Union County Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

Upon arrival, there will be ample signage to direct residents to the shredding site. The shredding event begins at 9:00 A.M. and will conclude promptly at 1:00 P.M., rain or shine, unless the shredding trucks fill up to capacity, in which case the event will end earlier. Residents are encouraged to arrive as close to the beginning of the event as possible to ensure that there is capacity for their material.

All shredding events are drive-up only and contact-free. We ask residents to have their papers in the trunk of their car or the cargo bed of their truck prior to arrival so that staff can easily remove material to have it shredded as easily and efficiently as possible. Residents must remain in their cars while staff unload 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 prior to arrival at the shredding site.

Union County’s free shredding events are intended for personal, sensitive, and residentially generated documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail, and other waste paper through their municipal recycling program. For contact information regarding your municipal recycling program, please visit Residents are limited to ten pounds (four bags/ boxes) per vehicle. Business documents will not be accepted for shredding at the events. Businesses that show up at the event will be turned away.  Businesses that need shredding services can instead contact the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning by phone at 908-654-9890 or via the online form at for further guidance. 

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.