Ocean County Press Release
Five More Opportunities for Free Document Shredding

OCEAN COUNTY residents have five more opportunities to safely get rid of personal papers by visiting Ocean County's Document Shredding program.

"We began the program this year in April and will conclude it in November," said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the County's recycling program. "By running the program twice a month and moving it around the County, we have made every effort to make it as convenient as possible for our residents. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these last dates coming up for this year."

When completed, the County's paper shredding program will have been held in 16 different municipalities. More than 73,900 pounds of residential documents have been shredded so far this year.

Upcoming dates, times and locations are: 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., Jackson Park, 95 West Veterans Highway, (behind the municipal building) Jackson Township; 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.

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 wanted to make this program easily accessible 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."

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 is being 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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