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Operation Secure Shred to Occur Sept. 19

Free Document Shredding for Residents to Help Save Time and Protect Against Identity Theft

Post Date:09/16/2020 9:59 AM

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Somerset County and Branchburg are sponsoring Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Branchburg Municipal Bldg., located at 1077 US Highway 202 N., Branchburg, NJ 08876 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a free and easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft, and to avoid the hassle of shredding documents at home. Residents can watch to ensure their documents are completely shredded. The event will occur rain or shine.

To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items, but staff will be available to help if necessary.

“It’s often difficult and time consuming to shred your documents at home,” said Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, recycling liaison. “Not only does Operation Secure Shred help residents save time, but it can help protect them against identity theft. Trained, licensed, and bonded document-destruction specialists will completely shred documents and safely dispose of the material.”

Proof of residency is required: Residents should be prepared to present a current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events, as they like, and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of upcoming shredding events, visit

Residents can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but residents will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers WILL NOT be accepted.

For more information about the Operation Secure Shred program, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or

Victims of identity theft can download the Federal Trade Commission’s comprehensive booklet, "Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan." Click here for more information.

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