TOMS RIVER – Now in its 10th year, the Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program will get underway on April 14 with its first stop in Brick Township.
"This free and very popular program moves around the county providing a layer of safety from identity theft," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "This is an opportunity to rid your home of papers that may include sensitive information and should be shredded rather than just tossed into recycling or the trash."
The 2018 event includes 22 locations and will be serviced by IDSAutoshred of Toms River.
"Last year we recycled 125 tons of paper with this program," Little said. "That is in addition to all the paper that goes to our recycling centers.
"This is a program that is good for the environment, eliminates household clutter and provides a layer of security needed to protect our neighbors and families from identity theft," he said.
Locations, dates and times for the 2018 program are as follows:
• Brick Township Public Works Yard Lot, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., April 14
• Long Beach Township, St. Francis Community Center Lot, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 20
• Plumsted Township Municipal Complex Lot, 121 New Egypt Allentown Road, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 28
• Little Egg Harbor Township, Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 West Cala Breeze Way, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 2
• South Toms River Recreation Center Lot, 1 Drake Lane, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., May 12
• Berkeley Township Recycling Center Yard Lot, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 2
• Eagleswood Township Municipal Complex Lot, 146 Division St.,9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 9
• Stafford Township, Southern Ocean County Recycling Center Lot, 379 Haywood Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 16
• Bay Head Recycling Center Lot, 214 Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 23
• Manchester Township High School Soccer Field Lot, 101 S. Colonial Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 30
• Lakewood Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 13
• Tuckerton Recycling Center Lot, 445 South Green St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., July 21
• Ocean Township Municipal Complex Lot, 50 Railroad Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 28
• Lakehurst Public Works Yard Lot, 800 Myrtle St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 4
• Toms River Township, Riverwood Park Lot, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 10
• Lacey Township Recycling Center Lot, 820 Municipal Lane, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 18
• Pine Beach, Walling Field Lot, 601 Station Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Aug. 25
• Seaside Heights Recycling Center Lot, Bay Boulevard and Sherman Avenue, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 8
• Surf City Police Department Lot, 9th Street and Central Avenue, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 15
• Point Pleasant Municipal Building Lot, 2233 Bridge Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 22
• Jackson Township Municipal Building Rear Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29
Each shredding event will run the complete schedule or until the truck is full. The truck has a capacity to hold 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of paper.
The program is free to residents only and commercial documents will not be accepted at the collection sites.
"I encourage our residents to attend any of the sites available during this year's program," Little said. "You are not limited to which sites you can attend."
He noted the program is very popular and often sites fill up fast.
"I ask everyone to be patient and also go at staggered times," he said.
The shred units feature an automatic feeding and dumping system that eliminates human contact with private documents. Residents are limited to six boxes or bags of documents per event.
The program is for all paper documents and paper forms; paper clips and staples need not be removed. Unacceptable items include x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, and file folders.
Little noted that for residents who prefer to shred documents at home, Ocean County offers drop-off boxes at both County recycling centers for shredded office paper.
Shredded office paper should not be placed with curbside recyclables, and should instead be brought to the drop-off boxes (near Building 105 at the Southern Recycling Center in Stafford Township or Building 68 at the Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood) for recycling. 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 viable, marketable commodity.
"Ocean County offers a number of programs to make recycling convenient," Little said. "Recycling helps to save landfill space and protects the environment. We encourage our citizens to take advantage of the programs offered and to help make a difference in preserving our natural resources."