The Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program will get underway on April 6, the Ocean County freeholders have announced. The IDS Autoshred truck will arrive in Long Beach Township April 25.
“This free and very popular program moves around the county, providing a layer of safety from identity theft,” according to Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, liaison to the county’s recycling program and Department of 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 IDS Autoshred of Toms River, with a mobile shredder that can hold up to 10,000 pounds of paper.
“Last year we recycled almost 120 tons of residential documents with this program, in addition to all the paper that goes to our recycling centers,” Quinn said.
Freeholder Director Virginia Haines added it’s good for the environment, eliminates household clutter and provides a layer of security needed to protect neighbors and families from identity theft.
Here are the locations, dates and times for Southern Ocean County:
Long Beach Township, St. Francis Community Center parking lot, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25.
Little Egg Harbor Township, community center lot, 319 West Calabreeze Way, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1.
Lacey Township Recycling Center lot, 820 Municipal Lane, Lanoka Harbor, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18.
Eagleswood Township Municipal Complex lot, 146 Division St., West Creek, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 29.
Stafford Township, Southern Recycling Center lot, 379 Haywood Rd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 20.
Tuckerton Recycling Center Lot, 445 South Green St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., July 27.
Ocean Township Municipal Complex lot, 50 Railroad Ave., Waretown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 14.
Quinn said county residents can attend any of the collection sites available and are not limited to the one in their hometown. “We hold it across the county to make certain it’s convenient for our residents.” While registration is not required, sites fill up fast.
“I ask everyone to be patient and also go at staggered times,” he said.
Each shredding event will run the complete schedule or until the truck is full.
The program is free and open to residents only (maximum six boxes or bags of documents per event); commercial documents will not be accepted at the collection sites. Acceptable items include all paper documents and paper forms; paper clips and staples need not be removed. Prohibited items include X-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm and file folders. The shred units feature an automatic feeding and dumping system that eliminates human contact with private documents.
Quinn noted that for residents who prefer to shred documents at home, drop-off boxes are available 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) for recycling. Shredded paper cannot be effectively sorted by the county’s processing facility and therefore needs to be recycled separately in order to produce a viable, marketable commodity.
“Recycling helps to save landfill space and protects the environment,” Quinn said. “We encourage our citizens to take advantage of the programs offered and to help make a difference in preserving our natural resources.”