The Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program will get underway on April 6 with its first stop in Jackson Township.
“This free and very popular program moves around the county providing a layer of safety from identity theft,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the County’s recycling program and Solid Waste Management. “This is an opportunity to rid your home of papers that may include sensitive information and should be shredded rather than just tossed into recycling or the trash.”
The 2019 event includes 21 locations and will be serviced by IDSAutoshred of Toms River.
“Last year we recycled almost 120 tons of residential documents with this program,” Quinn said. “That is in addition to all the paper that goes to our recycling centers. “
“This is a program that is good for the environment, eliminates household clutter and provides a layer of security needed to protect our neighbors and families from identity theft,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines.
Local locations, dates and times for the 2019 program are as follows:
• Jackson Township Municipal Building Rear Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 6.
• Brick Township Public Works Yard Lot, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 25
• Lakewood Public Works Yard Lot, 1 America Ave.,, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12
• Toms River, Riverwood Park Lot, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 9
• Manchester Township, Soccer Field Lot, 101 South Colonial Drive, 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., Aug. 24
Each shredding event will run the complete schedule or until the truck is full. The truck has a capacity to hold 10,000 pounds of paper.
The program is free to residents only and commercial documents will not be accepted at the collection sites.
“I encourage our residents to attend any of the sites available during this year’s program,” Quinn said. “You are not limited to which sites you can attend. We hold it across the County to make certain it’s convenient for our residents.”
While registration isn’t required, he noted the program is very popular and often sites fill up fast.
“I ask everyone to be patient and also go at staggered times,” he said.
The shred units feature an automatic feeding and dumping system that eliminates human contact with private documents. Residents are limited to six boxes or bags of documents per event.
The program is for all paper documents and paper forms; paper clips and staples need not be removed. Unacceptable items include x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, and file folders.
Quinn noted that for residents who prefer to shred documents at home, Ocean County offers drop-off boxes at both County recycling centers for shredded office paper.
Shredded office paper should not be placed with curbside recyclables, and should instead be brought to the drop-off boxes (near Building 105 at the Southern Recycling Center in Stafford Township or Building 68 at the Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood) for recycling. Shredded paper cannot be effectively sorted by the County’s Recyclable Materials Processing Facility and therefore needs to be recycled separately in order to produce a viable, marketable commodity.
“Ocean County offers a number of programs to make recycling convenient,” Quinn said. “Recycling helps to save landfill space and protects the environment. We encourage our citizens to take advantage of the programs offered and to help make a difference in preserving our natural resources.”