Free Document Shredding Program Returns April 6

Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little (Photo courtesy Ocean County)

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program returns with 21 scheduled locations between April and September 2019. First up is Jackson Township on April 6.

“This free and very popular program moves around the county providing a layer of safety from identity theft,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the County’s recycling program and Solid Waste Management. “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 2019 event will be serviced by IDSAutoshred of Toms River.

Quinn noted that 2018’s program recycled close to 120 tons of residential documents in addition to paper regularly processed by county recycling.

“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,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines.

The 2019 program will set up at the following locations:

  • Jackson Township Municipal Building Rear Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 6.
  • Plumsted Township Municipal Complex Lot, 121 New Egypt Allentown Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 13
  • Long Beach Township, St. Francis Community Center Lot, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25
  • Little Egg Harbor Township, Community Center Lot, 319 W. CalaBreeze Way, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1
  • Island Heights, Post Office Lot, 5 Wanamaker Municipal Complex, 9 a.m. to1 p.m., May 10
  • Lacey Township Recycling Center Lot, 820 Municipal Lane, Lanoka Harbor, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18
  • Brick Township Public Works Yard Lot, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 25
  • Berkeley Township Recycling Center Lot, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 8
  • Point Pleasant, High School Lot, 2300 Panther Path (off Beaver Dam Road), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 15
  • Ocean Gate Municipal Building Rear Parking Lot, 801 Ocean Gate Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 22
  • Eagleswood Township Municipal Complex Lot, 146 Division St., West Creek, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 29
  • Lakewood Public Works Yard Lot, 1 America Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12
  • Stafford Township, Southern Recycling Center Lot, 379 Haywood Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 20
  • Tuckerton Recycling Center Lot, 445 South Green St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., July 27
  • Pine Beach, Walling Field Lot, 601 Station Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Aug. 3
  • Toms River, Riverwood Park Lot, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 9
  • Lakehurst Public Works Yard Lot, 800 Myrtle St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 17
  • Manchester Township, Soccer Field Lot, 101 South Colonial Drive, 9 a.m. to1 p.m., Aug. 24
  • Seaside Park Recycling Yard, 14th and Barnegat Avenues, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 7
  • Ocean Township Municipal Complex Lot, 50 Railroad Ave., Waretown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 14
  • Beachwood Municipal Complex Lot, 1600 Pinewald Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 28.

This free event will run until the designated time or until the truck is maxed out at 10,000 pounds of paper.                       

 “I encourage our residents to attend any of the sites available during this year’s program,” Quinn said. “You are not limited to which sites you can attend. We hold it across the County to make certain it’s convenient for our residents.”

There is no need to register, however the program can get very popular. Be prepared to wait, get there early, or go at staggered times.

According to county officials, 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 paper documents and paper forms per event. Commercial documents will not be accepted at the collection sites. Paper clips and staples need not be removed.

Unacceptable items: x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, and file folders.

If you have your own shredder, you can bring your shredded items to the drop-off boxes that will be set up at the County recycling centers:

  • Building 105 at the Southern Recycling Center in Stafford Township
  • Building 68 at the Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood

This paper should not be placed in regular, curbside recycling.

“Ocean County offers a number of programs to make recycling convenient,” Quinn 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.”