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Department of Solid Waste Management

Document Shredding Program

You can effectively recycle you confidential documents with us, we offer 2 options:

1. Shred your documents at home and bring the shred to our recycling center drop-off boxes, located near Building 105 at the Southern Recycling Center or Building 68 at the Northern Recycling Center, for proper recycling. Shredded office paper should NOT be placed with curbside recyclables.

2. Bring your unshredded documents to a Residential Document Shredding event for secure & proper recycling. You may bring up to 6 boxes (or bags) of documents per event. This program runs during the Spring and Summer of each year; please note Residential Document Shredding events are for RESIDENTS ONLY. Business and/or commercial documents will not be accepted.

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 marketable commodity. Separate collection also helps to avoid issues with paper contaminating the other materials being processed at the facility, which can lower overall quality and make recycling these materials more difficult.

Throughout the year the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Solid Waste Management sponsors a Residential Document Shredding Program. Numerous collection dates are offered for County residents to properly recycle sensitive papers and other documents. Each program will run the complete scheduled time or until the truck(s) fill to capacity (capacity for one truck is approximately 8000lbs). Shredding units feature an automatic feeding and dumping system, which eliminates human contact with County resident’s documents.

Paperclips and staples need not be removed from documents. Unacceptable items include: x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, and file folders.

[03/23/20] UPDATE: In light of current events, and in line with recommendations and guidance from the State of NJ, we’ve made the decision to postpone the first four (4) events on our 2020 Residential Document Shredding schedule.

Events on April 11th (Berkeley Twp.), April 18th (Plumsted Twp.), April 23rd (Surf City Boro), & May 6th (Little Egg Harbor Twp.) shall all be postponed at this time; details should follow in the coming weeks about potential make-up dates for each site. Currently, the first scheduled event for the 2020 schedule will now take place on May 16th in Jackson Township.

The Dept. of Solid Waste Management apologizes for this inconvenience. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may reach me directly at 732.506.5047 or smclaughlin@co.ocean.nj.us.

Click Here to view the 2020 Residential Document Shredding Program Schedule (One Page PDF).

Click Here to view the 2020 Residential Document Shredding Program Schedule (Two Page [larger font size] PDF).

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2020 Event Locations