Free Document Shredding

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“Operation Secure Shred” Sponsored by Somerset County

The Somerset County Board of Freeholders is pleased to offer residents a free document-shredding program at various locations around the county.

Shredding events are held on 10 Saturdays through the "Operation Secure Shred" program, rain or shine. All shredding events are held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or until the trucks are filled to capacity, at which time they leave and the event is over for the day.

 The 2017 Operation Secure Shred program will run from April 15, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2018.

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can have personal documents shredded at as many free, on-site mobile paper-shredding events as they wish to attend. Residents do not have to reside in a town hosting an event to participate.

After the initial county-hosted kick-off event in April, subsequent events are hosted by various county municipalities, with assistance from Somerset County.    Please contact the municipality directly for further information.

Documents are commercially shredded safely, privately, and properly by trained, licensed, and bonded document destruction specialists. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Residents can bring documents in up to six boxes, containers, or bags per visit and may stay and watch as their documents are shredded. Residents will be asked to take back their receptacles.

The following recyclable items will not be accepted: junk mail, magazines and newspapers. The 2017 Recycling Collection Schedule and more are available at

“Operation Secure Shred” events are free of charge for Somerset County residents; pre-registration is not required. However, materials cannot be accepted from businesses.

Operation Secure Shred is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders in cooperation with the county Department of Public Works. For more information, call 908-203-6018 or email

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Arc of Somerset County Shredding Services

The Arc of Somerset County offers year-round shredding services, for a fee, to businesses and individuals. Please contact the Arc of Somerset County for details.

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