Middlesex County To Hold Paper Shredding Events

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Middlesex County will sponsor two free paper-shredding events this month.

Middlesex County residents can have their confidential files safely and securely shredded and recycled on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Carteret Community Center which is located at 100 Cooke Avenue. The final shredding event is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 at the South Amboy Municipal Building which is located at 140 North Broadway. Both events run from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. or until the truck is full, whichever occurs first.


Middlesex County has been holding shredding events since 2005. The mixed paper recycling stream includes in part various residentially generated confidential/personal documents which the general public has indicated need to be handled in a secure manner so as to prevent the possibility of identity theft. Freeholder Carol Barrett states that “The county has responded to this concern in a secure, convenient, recycling conscious and cost effective manner by instituting a very successful mobile paper shredding program.”

Over 14,000 residents have delivered more than 880,000 pounds of paper to the events since 2005. Documents are shredded on site by a contractor.

Residents should bring old files, receipts, bills, financial statements, and any document that they have not recycled due to a confidentiality concern. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples or paperboard binder covers. Books, magazines, newspapers, non-confidential papers, and plastics (including plastic binders) should not be brought to the shredding event.

For further information about the paper shredding events, residents can e-mail the Division of Solid Waste Management at solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us, visit their website at www.co.middlesex.nj.us/planningboard/solidwaste.asp or call 1-732-745-4170. The Division plans to continue the paper shredding events starting in March 2011. The schedule for next year’s events will be available in early 2011.

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