Ocean County Press Release
Residents Can Safely Dispose of Personal Documents

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County officials are reminding residents that the Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program is still in progress. The program is only open to residents and is a safe way to get rid of personal documents in an efficient manner.

"Not only is this a program that has proved to be popular with our residents, but it's also an efficient, safe way to get rid of any important documents one may still be holding on to," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to recycling. "This program is convenient for our citizens and comes at no cost to them."

Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring up to six boxes or bags each shredding day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed. However, commercial documents, x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm and file folders will not be accepted.

"We all tend to collect personal documents and store them in our homes even though we may no longer need them," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "This program helps reduce household clutter and gives our residents peace of mind that the information cannot be retrieved and used for identity theft. It also benefits our recycling program."

The remaining dates, times and locations for the program are: September 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stafford Township, Southern Ocean County Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road; September 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive; September 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakehurst Borough Public Works Yard, 800 Myrtle Street; October 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Pleasant Beach Public Works Yard, 301 Cooks Road; October 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beachwood Municipal Complex, 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. Residents can attend any of the sites.

For additional information, call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at (732) 506-5047 or visit the department's website at www.co.ocean.nj.us.

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