Ocean County Press Release
Shredding Program to Travel to 16 Different Towns

OCEAN COUNTY residents will have ample opportunity starting in April to safely get rid of personal papers by accessing Ocean County's Document Shredding program.

"Starting in April we will run the program twice a month and continue until November," said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the County's recycling program. "The program will move around the County and residents can access it in 16 different municipalities."

Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring six boxes or bags each day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed.

"We want to make this program as convenient as possible for our citizens," Lacey said. "Getting rid of personal papers through a document shredding program really helps to decrease identity theft and gives our residents peace of mind."

Lacey noted the shredding unit features an automatic feeding and dumping system, which eliminates the need for human contact with a resident's documents.

"Since we started this program a few years ago, it has become very popular with our citizens," said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "It is important for people to have a place to go where they can have personal papers shredded eliminating the worry that the information will get into the wrong hands."

The dates, time and locations of the program are: April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ocean Township Town Hall, 50 Railroad Ave., Waretown; April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berkeley Township Recycling Center, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road; May 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Little Egg Harbor Township, St. Theresa Faith Formation Center, 450 Radio Road; May 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Plumsted Township, Lakeview Dr. and Oakford Avenue; June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stafford Township Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road; June 22, 9 a.m. to1 p.m., Seaside Park Recycling Center, 14th and Barnegat Avenue; July 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Beach Township Recycling Center, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach.

And, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Pleasant Borough Recycling Center (Behind Stop & Shop), Arthur Avenue; August 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; August 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brick Township Recycling Center, 836 Ridge Road; September 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackson Township, Jackson Park, 206 Kierych Memorial Drive; September 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Avenue; October 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township Recycling Center, 1672 Church Road; October 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Manchester Township Public Works Garage, 1360 Route 70; November 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakehurst Borough Recycling Center, 800 Myrtle Street; and November 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beachwood Borough Municipal Building, 1600 Pinewald Road.

All collection dates will run the complete scheduled time or until the truck which has the capacity to hold 8,000 pounds is full. The program is only open to residents. Commercial documents will not be accepted.

The work will be performed by Autoshred from Toms River and comes at no cost to the County. Items that are not accepted include x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm and file folders.

For additional information call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.

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