Safely Shred Those Documents at These Spots

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Apr 11, 2018

Timely for the end of tax preparation season, the Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program has announced its schedule of where and when to bring documents to be safely discarded.

“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 program includes many locations in Southern Ocean County that will be serviced by IDSAutoshred.

Area locations, dates and times are as follows:

  • Long Beach Township, St. Francis Community Center parking lot, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 20
  • Little Egg Harbor Township, Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 2
  • Eagleswood Township Municipal Complex parking lot, 146 Division St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 9
  • Stafford Township, Southern Ocean County Recycling Center lot, 379 Haywood Rd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 16
  • Tuckerton Recycling Center lot, 445 South Green St., 9 a.m.-11 a.m., July 21
  • Ocean Township Municipal Complex lot, 50 Railroad Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., July 28
  • Lacey Township Recycling Center Lot, 820 Municipal Lane, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18
  • Surf City Police Department Lot, Ninth Street and Central Avenue, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Sept. 15

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 county residents only; 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.

“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.  —M.S.

 

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