Ocean County Press Release
Program Provides Safeguards Against Identity Theft

OCEAN COUNTY Freeholder James F. Lacey is encouraging residents to participate in the county's free residential document shredding program.

"I want to remind our citizens that this year we have added more dates and locations to this program," said Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. "This program provides a safe disposal method when it comes to getting rid of personal papers."

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has already hosted five collection dates so far. Another 10 more document shredding days will be held.

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.

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: July 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Beach Township Recycling Center, 7910 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach; July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Pleasant Borough Recycling Center (Behind Stop & Shop), Arthur Avenue; Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brick Township Recycling Center, 836 Ridge Road; Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackson Township, Jackson Park, 206 Kierych Memorial Drive; Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Avenue; Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township Recycling Center, 1672 Church Road; Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Manchester Township Public Works Garage, 1360 Route 70; Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakehurst Borough Recycling Center, 800 Myrtle Street; and Nov. 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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